I recently came across this idea of how we can view the world on a spectrum from a view of scarcity or of abundance.
Most people are deeply scripted in what I call the Scarcity Mentality. They see life as having only so much, as though there were only one pie out there. And if someone were to get a big piece of the pie, it would mean less for everybody else.
The Scarcity Mentality is the zero-sum paradigm of life. People with a Scarcity Mentality have a very difficult time sharing recognition and credit, power or profit – even with those who help in the production. The also have a a very hard time being genuinely happy for the success of other people.
The Abundance Mentality, on the other hand, flows out of a deep inner sense of personal worth and security. It is the paradigm that there is plenty out there and enough to spare for everybody. It results in sharing of prestige, of recognition, of profits, of decision making. It opens possibilities, options, alternatives, and creativity.
Most of the articles I found focus mostly on them in terms of finance but they seem to apply to every other aspect of our lives. In terms of how we relate to others in our lives, with generosity or selfishness. In politics there seems to be a move towards a scarcity mindset, Trump being the embodiment of it, everything is about winners and losers to him, it's all a zero sum game.
We don't lose anything when we are generous and share with others, there is enough kindness and opportunity to go around, when one person gains that doesn't take away from us, it adds to the general welfare, we can all do/be better.
Anyway, I'm just learning about this idea. If anyone else knows or has read anything or has any thoughts or personal experiences to share I would appreciate anything you could add.