This headline would have you believe that this affects the 1%, but it unfortunately affects much beyond that 1%… and most people in the top 10% don't see themselves as part of it. The "upper middle class" tends to see itself as "burdened by taxes but not wealthy", an assessment 'objectively' erroneous since they are the "upper middle class". Idem with the "middle class"… Most people reading this will consider it primarily affects 'others', not themselves, and this will be mistaken. Basically, most people will deny the 'privileges' they enjoy (often on the basis that some 'others' enjoy even bigger privileges!).
Now, if you accept that this affects you too (to some extent or another), then the next question is: what will you do about it, to increase your awareness as well as your ability to constructively deal with the suffering you gradually become aware of? How do you cultivate compassion and equanimity? How can these qualities work together, and not oppose? How is equanimity distinct from indifference? How is compassion distinct from pity?
by john kinsey: