Are we naturally inclined to seek the envy of others? Are online platforms designed to put us in competition against one another? Which came first: the chicken or the egg?
Elena, I don't envy others or desire to be envied, so to me at least there's nothing 'natural' about it. To your point, I like to think of myself as an empathetic person, as perhaps evidenced by regular active contributions to the voluntary sector, but whether or not these things are linked I really don't know or get an immediate sense of the relationship between the two. Will have to mull that over. BTW, if you don't know it, you might like Ben Grosser's social media 'Demetricators' project which comes out of the question of what we're encouraged to 'value'. https://bengrosser.com/projects/twitter-demetricator/