The Green Eyed Monster
So your best friend wears a size 0 and complains that it's too big on her! Your next-door neighbor is driving a Mercedes and your car can barely make it to the end of the driveway. Your sister is headed for a week-long vacation in the Caribbean and you can't get farther than the state park. Jealous? Who wouldn't be? Sure, there are times when everyone else seems to have more, do more, look better. But is that really the case? Jealousy is the root of many evils that can affect the poorest of paupers to the richest of kings. It has lead men to lie, cheat, steal and exhibit other harmful acts toward their fellow man. This one emotion has broken the spirits of men since the dawn of time, and there is no end in site. Jealousy is defined as a jealous attitude or disposition or close vigilance. However, this brief definition does not tell the whole story. For some, jealousy is much more than an attitude or disposition it is a way of life, and for others, it can consume their life, changing it forever. Take the example of a beautiful socialite who finds her husband with his secretary/lover and kills them both in a jealous rage. Jealousy can be a dangerous emotion, but why is jealousy so emotionally charged? Usually, jealousy is a negative or passionate reaction to a situation, and that is what can make it so dangerous. If jealousy can be so dangerous, is envy dangerous too? Envy and jealousy are often used interchangeably, but when used correctly, they stand for two distinctly different emotions. Envy can also be a dangerous emotion, but there is something important that separates it from jealousy, and that is the passion. You can be envious of your neighbor's new car or your friend's new leather coat, but these feelings will not lead you to passionate violence. Jealousy almost always involves a passionate and emotional response to something, and so, it evokes passionate and emotional actions. Sometimes, just as jealousy...
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