Is it possible that humans crave superiority more than food?
In Jesus' parable of the landowner (Matthew 20:1-16), all those hired by the landowner craved food. If the landowner did not hire them, they would go hungry. By the day's end, after their stomachs were assured their next meal, the most significant issue burning in their hearts was superiority. They were angry with the man who had saved their empty stomachs, not because he was dishonest, but because he was generous. "You've made these men who came late equal to us!" (Matthew 20:12), they complained to the landowner. How quickly we forget our desperation. When we are hungry, all we care about is not starving. When we are assured of continued survival, we return to the rat race for superiority.