To the Editor:
Envy: number two on the roll of the seven deadly sins.
So, what is envy? I’ll start with what it is not. It’s not admiring what someone else has and wanting some good stuff also. This desire will make you get off your butt in the morning and get busy. It is good to crave. A man’s appetite will make him work.
Where envy differs from admiration/emulation is that envy is “sorrow at another’s good.” Someone who’s centered can watch another person or a party or a nation righteously prosper and not hate them for it.
The envious person sees someone else excel and is slapped in the face with the reality that he got dogged. So instead of sucking it up and working harder and smarter, the unwise envious person allows his pride fuel his wounded spirit. This sets the dejected individual down the path of disparagement of the prosperous that eventually morphs into a desire to destroy the person, party or nation.
Listen to one man’s statement: “Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never, under any circumstances, admit that his success is due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others.” This, from the man who hated and wanted to destroy capitalism: Karl Marx.