“Keeping up with the Joneses” is an American phrase for a global issue, a mindset that keeps us small, petty and distracted.
It is comparison analysis paralysis. It is one upping a neighbor instead of partnering with them. It causes us to adopt external standards for our family and our personal worth.
Media and companies with fancy marketing bombard us with messages to do or buy the things to be like all the other people who have done or bought the things.
There is literally a show called “Keeping up with the Kardashians.”
Signing the opt-out form to that rat race is a conscious choice, but when the pool you swim in is filled with everyone trying to keep up, it is easy to be pulled into the group think mentality, blindly follow and perpetuate that mindset.
However, opting out is not a cop out. It is a declaration of life on your own terms.