Monday, 3 November 2014


Envy (from Latin invidia) is an emotion which "occurs when a person lacks another's superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it".
Bertrand Russell said that envy was one of the most potent causes of unhappiness. Not only is the envious person rendered unhappy by his envy, but they also wish to inflict misfortune on others. Although envy is generally seen as something negative, Russell also believed that envy was a driving force behind the movement towards democracy and must be endured to achieve a more just social system. However, psychologists have recently suggested that there may be two types of envy: malicious envy and benign envy—benign envy being proposed as a type of positive motivational force.

Listen to the story how envy became a deadly sin:


  1. I shared this post with my oldest son, who is majoring in philosophy. He said that he consider envy as a sin. He said that benign envy is not what he would think as a type of envy. See what someone has and wanting it for yourself, which motivates you to go and get it, he says is not envy. It seeing what you want, a goal like, and making it happen. Envy is more like one child wanting what the other has so bad that they wish something would happen to the other child (like be envious over a certain flavor of ice cream and the envious one wishing that they would drop their ice cream cone)
    Nowadays people use the word jealous more than the word envious. And in the young people's vocabulary, they have shortened the word jealous to jelly. Like when someone wants someone else car and is jealous over it, his buddy might say "you are so jellin over it"
    And that is the "sage" words from a 21 year old. Lol

    1. Isn't it great too see your son talking so wise about life? That is the wonder of kids, it enriches your life in a way you would never ever dream it would.
      Besides, he's right too I think. A pity about losing the richness of words in stupid street language, but hey did you think about envy like that when you were 21. I didn't...

      Thank you for sharing,

  2. Can't remember being 21. Plus I was studying mass media and journalism, with a political science major. Everyone that we studied seemed to live with one of the seven sins

  3. That's it!! I knew it when I looked at your blogposts, but didn't see. Nobody writes that quality without an education. Of course. Quite some serious studying, Blonde. And yes, youth is the time to experiment.



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