Why are we MEAN to the nicest, smartest, and most helpful people? René Girard’s ‘Mimetic Theory’​ explains this primitive inclination

According to Girard, mimetic desire, rivalry, and metaphysical violence are natural factors that emerge among people operating with base behavior in any partnership or group. Primitive people cannot help but react to their need for social harmony by continually finding scapegoats to sacrifice in order to maintain a sense of peace within the group or partnership – however temporary.