@SilentRainstar: Recent studies suggest that Americans #1 fear is public speaking. This suggests that people are more afraid of each other than they are of anything else, including death. They’re often afraid of judgment and what others think of them. The fear is that you’ll inevitably say the ‘wrong’ thing and really it’s a justified fear because people will often take the tiniest little thing and blow it way out of proportion in an effort to judge someone, usually because they, themselves, are afraid of the very same judgment so they put down others as a means to make themselves appear better.
They’re afraid of being worthless which in America a persons value is often determined by their net worth or monetary value. This leads people to see others not in terms of human, but in terms of their perceived worth. Objectification, others are nothing more than mere objects that exist only to serve them.
Edit: It has a lot to do with competition, whether you’re competing for the same limited number of modeling opportunities or competing for the same limited amount of market share your whole life is a battle and everyone else is your enemy.
I remember when I used to be a security guard, Loss Prevention was my official title, there were these two girls who were the best of friends both inside and outside of work. That is until they were both up for the same promotion and I watched their friendship crumble to pieces as the two became bitter enemies and from that point on hated each other with a passion.
I remember when they both signed up for the promotion, one of the other guys there, when he heard about it, started humming the Rocky theme song implying that it was going to be an epic battle. I laughed, but really he wasn’t wrong, maybe not epic, but the two were certainly at each others throats. Inevitably one received the promotion leaving the other feeling inferior and looking for a way to prove her value to society, prove herself as or more valuable than the other now higher ranked girl.
Funny thing is, the girl that received the promotion eventually quit because the job was terrible. Of course it wasn’t about the job, it was about the implication behind it. Just getting the promotion meant, to them, that one was ‘better’ than the other or more valuable than the other.