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Envy: Is it Good or Bad?
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Posted 11/5/07
I like this quote:

"Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed.”
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Posted 11/5/07
good because it is not jealous. bad because it might turn to jealousy, which is bad.
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Posted 11/5/07
hmm. depends on your interpretation and your reaction.
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Posted 11/5/07

ma3dad wrote:

ya i agree with jadeangel15 it depends ...



same here
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Posted 11/9/07
it depends because it may either bad or good
Posted 11/9/07
envy can be good because it may make you want to do better. but most of the time its bad. as for it being a sin, i think that's stupid because its human nature and every human does it. its impossible to stop
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Posted 11/9/07
Its kind of motivation, but then if you're way jealous then that could lead to bad things <.>
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Posted 11/9/07
envy is okay i guess if it doesn't turn into jealousy. o.O?
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Posted 11/9/07
Envy is good because it whelms a person with determination and perseveres them to do better than those the person envy.

It's bad when it overcomes the person with hatred, and causes them to solve their problems concerning envy in not the most bright ways
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Posted 11/9/07
I've typed about this before someplace.

Does envy occur when a person lacks another person's superior quality, achievement, or possession, and desires it? Personally, I tend not to think of just this as envy. There might be a kind of craving, but this seems natural enough to me, though some would certainly say it is bad (Buddhists for instance, who wish to get rid of craving and attachment).

With envy it seems there is a kind of resentment, pain, and frustration that arises due to the other person. You might wish that the other person lacked their good fortune. In itself, I find this clearly no good. It is a negative emotion which not only makes you feel worse, but can can get you in trouble with others as well. Although I suppose it may bring about positive results in some manner by realizing your envy and doing something positive about it.

I'd like the discussion to focus more on the psychological aspects and biological reasons for envy, through questions such as those which were brought up in the op (opening post). Though those questions are deep and require study, so good responses are not likely to show up here.

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. - Epictetus

Further resources:
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/envy/
http://www.brainstormnet.com/wisdom_of_the_sages.htm
http://www.infography.com/content/048621285729.html
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Posted 11/9/07
Bad Bad Bad Bad
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It depends. The bible says it's one of the seven deadly sins but to feel envious of something proves your are human. It's the same way about all of the seven sins. Envy, Wrath, Lust, Gluttony, Pride, Sloth and Greed. They are all emotions which someone feels. To have never felt any of those then you must be a corpse or an android.
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Posted 11/9/07
envy is waste of time, should focuse on wat u have
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bad
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Posted 11/9/07
Since when is envy good?
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