- The pessimist: You'll never be really happy so stop trying.
- The "benevolent" dictator: You have everything you could want here. You're just going to be unhappy on that side. In fact on that side it's probably worse.
- The cult leader: Their grass isn't really grass. It's poison. Eat our grass.
I also don't like that the phrase isn't axiomatic. That is, it's not applicable equally to all things (further proof that it's being used as a tool of the dictator or cult leader, etc.). For example a manager might say to a disgruntled employee "competitor X has problems too... you won't be happy their either... you need to find a way to find job satisfaction here...." ("the grass is always greener"). That SAME manager is NOT going to make a similar statement about their product; "customers will never really be happy and our current offering does enough so why look for a better solution?" So basically the person saying that "the grass is always greener..." will say it when it serves them (to retain an employee, etc.) but won't say it when it doesn't (i.e. when it stifles innovation).