Over time I have realized how very much we have in common LOL! For I have never been a VIP or Very Important Person, which would be the equivalent of and alpha dog. But I have been what I call a PIP, a Pretty Important Person. The problem with PIP's is that we tend to always be in someone else's shadow & although we desire to be a VIP, we often don't have the confidence to pull it off. So if we're not careful we can find ourselves in a perpetual state of just trying harder & never actually finding contentment.
But what if this is a blessing in disguise, at least for humans. What if we are programmed to finally get so exhausted & frustrated with never really being a Very Important Person that something snaps to shatter the illusion of that conditioned desire in the first place. If we get to this stage we may find ourselves realizing that in our heart-of-hearts we don't want to be a VIP, because we don't want to get side-tracked from what is far more important. What we really want is to discover what is really going on, what is really true about ourselves & the world...and fame & affluence have a tendency to distort this deeper desire.
So in the end I am grateful for my beta PIP status. It may have taken me decades of striving to be #1 until I finally got so darn pooped & fed-up from failing that I was willing to consider the possibility that it's not really all it's cracked up to be, but better now then never! So me & my beta husky dog are just gonna investigate this a little further & see what is right here under our noses. Maybe we are the lucky ones after all!