Sam on August 7, 2019
Hi there, I have some trouble understanding the rationale behind E.
The question seems like a (from the way I understand it) Must Be True question.
The prompt tells us that people's level of satisfaction has has little to do with what income level they belong to but rather how favorably their incomes compare with those of other same-class neighbors.
So E says that it is not likely that people's level of satisfaction will increase if everyone's income increases. However, it does not specify the extend to which each one's income increase, so it is perfectly reasonable that some people's incomes may increase by a substantially greater margin than the others from the same class in the same neighborhood , thus making it likely (or at least plausible) that the former's incomes will become more favorable in comparison to the latter.
But D, as it seems to me, says exactly what the passage says, which is that the level of satisfaction has little to do with people's income level (people with higher income are not necessarily happier than the lower ones) and it is rather how their incomes compare with the rest in their neighborhood what determine their satisfaction.
My apology for the tedious writing, I'm just deeply confused right now.
Ravi on August 7, 2019
Irina on August 7, 2019