Envy is Ignorance

There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better or worse, as his portion; that, though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given him to till.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The Letter (c. 1878), by James Tissot

For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. James 3:16-17


6 thoughts on “Envy is Ignorance

  1. Besides, envy fosters populism. Thanks for the link on James Tissot: the post is intriguing, and I think I’ll enjoy the novel later this month 🙂


      1. The masses envy the elites and the rich, and follow the populist pipers with false promises. It’s a mindset you find all over nowadays.


      2. It’s as old as time, isn’t it? Like when the Israelites demanded a king. 🙂

        It’s much easier to follow another than put the mirror on yourself. If things go wrong it’s not your fault.

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