The impoverished citizens of today’s world may be far less poor than they were 1,000 years ago, but their envy of those who have more has not changed much.
Today’s rich – as rich people always have – find that a more comfortable life is not necessarily a happier one.
An expensive gourmet dish in a lavish restaurant will never be as tasty as a meal eaten after two days of fasting.
The joys of a very posh wedding will never be as satisfying as the smile of someone we love.
–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From an essay, “The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same,” by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz