Monday, January 23, 2012


Envy is one of the oldest documented emotions. It's what led Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. It caused Cain to kill Abel. It's the deadly sin that made Brad Pitt scream, "What's in the box?" As with most examples of envy in literature, those are all negative.

Envy does not always need to lead to murder our other disastrous ends. I believe that envy can be a healthy emotion, as long as it is properly harnessed into action and not just allowed to fester into sour grapes.

I envy Jillian Michaels' body, so I am working out for more hours every day and with a greater effort. I see people who run faster, so I train to become a better, faster runner. Envy spurs me to be a better person. I think it can do the same thing for everyone else, too

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