One of the many ways of dividing the world into two types of people is the concept of scarcity vs. abundance. Abundant people hold a worldview that there is enough for everyone…how lovely. Scarcity folks operate under an assumption that, heck no, there is definitely not enough so I’d better get there first to ensure my share.
I, rather unfortunately, am of the scarcity variety.
The way this practically plays out is usually quite mundane and a bit humorous. I am acutely aware of the little notices on Amazon that say Only 2 left in stock! Order now! I have an itching to always get somewhere early enough to “get a decent seat” even though it’s not like I have a desire to actually sit in the front row or anything. I am usually towards the front of the buffet line, order tickets ahead of time, and try to walk faster than the other people in the parking lot when heading to the entrance of a venue.
This is all rather funny, but the underlying truth is that scarcity mentality causes one to always view the presence of other people as a threat.