Envy is a dangerous emotion, it is a cancer to society and, sadly, a natural part of human nature. It causes us to look at the accomplishments and possessions of our fellow man and react not with awe or esteem, but hatred and discontent.

Those with envy look up to their targets while spitting down upon them within the same stroke. They desire their possessions, crave their qualities and lust for their accomplishments all the while creating a hole within themselves, a deep void that must be filled.

However, rather than filling this void by bettering themselves and earning the laurels they crave, they fill it by stealing them from those who've earned them and by breaking their victims down, dragging those with merit down to the level filth the envious occupy. Those with envy in their hearts work tirelessly, chipping away at what others have created until they can climb the pile of rubble left behind and stand alone atop it like a king.

Envy is destructive, it is petty and it is within us all. It's in the insults we hurl, the fists that we throw and the games that we play. Though some are more prone than others, we are all vulnerable to it. Every one of us has it in their hearts.

As good humans, we must not give in to these petty urges. We must never let our desire for more turn us against those who have it. Tearing down what others have built purely for the sake a filling a hole within ourselves achieves nothing, neither filling the hole nor creating any greater good. Difficult though it may be, creation is the higher achievement and it is the only thing that quells the voice of envy inside all of us.

Also, in addition to checking our own hearts, we must not let ourselves fall victim to the envious. They will prod, they will kick, they will insult and they will vandalize, but, unless the creators lower themselves to level of the envious, they can never destroy.

For we are what we build and we are what we do. If we never buckle before the weight of the envious, we will always be above them, no matter what they say.

Because no matter how much pettiness and insults might sting, nothing hurts worse than being trapped in the abyss that is the sludge of envy. We must endure the pin pricks of the envious in order to avoid wallowing in the lake of stagnant inadequacy.

It's a small price to pay and a burden all too easily carried if one can look ahead and see the larger goal.

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8 Responses to Envy

  1. Jessica says:

    Hey.. envy is hating oursleves..and the things we feel we are lacking. Envy is really the emotion of how little we feel about our selves..even with possessions. Oh and I think everyone already knows how envy feels.. :p

  2. jennifer says:

    i feel you, i believe you hit the nail right on the head.

  3. Ivy says:

    Wow. I really enjoyed this piece a lot. This is great inspiration for me. It really is. Thanks.

  4. paul says:

    Woh yeah i agree and there's so much more to it than just the icky feeling. It almost feel's like your getting sucked into this big black hole when your envyous. Bad spelling lol

  5. Madiha says:

    My mother in law split me n my husband apart because she couldnt stand it when he used to spend time with me. so she lied about me to him, and me, i was foolish enough to fall into her trap and fought back.
    yes envy is a terrible thing

  6. chris says:

    I believe I can't agree more with what you've said. I admit I'm one of the most envious persons I know, and hell, it's the worst feeling one has to deal with. Of course, I don't get to the point of vandalizing and making other peoples' lives miserable, but I do desire their possessions or quialities to an extent that I feel terrible because I don't or will ever have them. More than an act that destroys others, it's an act of self -destruction. I say this because I know that if I go out there and scream at someone just because he or she's better, the most probable thing is that she/he won't give a damn; yet it is who will have to deal with the rage and the feeling of impotence.

  7. Stephanie says:

    Nice rant. "…sadly, a natural part of human nature." It is the horrible truth. Imagine a world where no one feels envy…?
    Hmm… I can't do it. XD

  8. reina says:

    i agree(as always)…envy is sadly a part of everyone…best not to give into it, no matter what side of the problem ur on…ur both victims either way…but not giving into envy is the best way to deal with it

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