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Envy leaps in, a vengeful pest
Its cruel quest can’t be denied
But when we look at what it brings
We know that resentment never wins
Homie where’s the growth?
Ripe dreams expire
But you stay stubborn and hardwired
Finding it too comfortable to let go
Time for a new course of action
Let your heart be enveloped in grace
And find a better place
Where envy never finds its mark
And emotions never darken
In a frenzy, it’s time to cleanse thee
Wake up and empty out the envy
It is understandable for one to feel envious when seeing someone’s life as “perfect” compared to theirs, and this feeling when left unchecked can become destructive. With that said, envy can often lead to damaged self-esteem and create resentment towards the person whose life we perceive as perfect. As a result, this gives way for an individual to constantly compare themselves to someone who has something that is bereft in their life, and in extreme cases want to sabotage it so satisfaction can be achieved, and with that, they create their intended level playing field. Moreover, once envy becomes destructive it prevents us from looking at our own lives in a positive light and instead allows the proverbial devil on the shoulder to take over our thoughts.
Artwork credit – Rafi Perez
Social media has become a sort of vacuum and echo chamber for people to post, project, and propagate what they consider to be trendy or the ideal image of success. Therefore, these platforms facilitate data that is accessible for comparisons to be made by all users. It went from being a microcosm (pre-social media comparisons of those close to you) to a global assessment contest (strangers evaluating each other). In addition, if one doesn’t fit that criterion then they’re seen as doing something wrong and it gets exacerbated with a bombardment of imagery that erodes self-esteem. Furthermore, envy manifests itself as dissociation from the self. Not to mention, an individual will get frustrated after pondering on why they’re not involved in situations they’re missing out on (FoMO, Fear of missing out. Once this feeling of FoMO compounds one might begin vicariously living through the ones they envy and envisioning satisfaction. However, once reality sets in, a feeling of inauthenticity takes over.
We carry around envy amplification devices and push buttons on fabricated images and stories. We internalize and rationalize them to the point where it becomes masochistic. In other words, when one voyeuristically scrolls (passive) they are shown stimuli that they lack in their lives. This in turn will elicit “comparisonitis”. In regards to that, this fixation becomes ingrained into the psyche to the point where it could lead to imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome, resentment, and comparisonitis are symptoms of envy but resentment comes last. The reason is, a person has to process what they have to do, and understand they’re as capable as the person experiencing what they desire, but they’re filled with doubt and fail to make a move. Moreover, if the feeling of envy isn’t confronted and rectified it can lead to depression and a sense of incompetence. An article that is the inspiration for this post (link included at the top of post) stated that envy is innate and I agree for the most part but I also think it can also be a learned behavior. For example, we have two brothers, and their parents get the younger brother better toys than his older brother. Not only that, the younger brother has to share them with him. From there the older brother gets frustrated that not only does he get subpar toys compared to his younger brother but has to share the better toys, which is something he wants (older brother) for himself. Hopefully, this example makes sense, because the point being made here is that even if you have something that will keep you satisfied, it’s never enough, and when you see someone you admire or is close to you receiving something that you’re deprived of, you can get consumed with resentment.
In summary, envy can be a destructive emotion that harms both the individual feeling it as well as those around them. It is important to understand why one feels envious and learn how to address those emotions without succumbing to the negativity of envy. If not, one will continue to meander through life as a malcontent individual who is not driven to find solutions. Once this point is reached it becomes insidious and habitual. Lastly, no matter how basic or lavish, everyone has something to be grateful for and strives to find the best for a positive life, and focusing on those reasons for living a life of gratitude and contentment will help to avoid the enviable trap.
Sarner, Moya. “The Age of Envy: How to Be Happy When Everyone Else’s Life Looks Perfect.” Pocket, 18 Oct. 2018, https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-age-of-envy-how-to-be-happy-when-everyone-else-s-life-looks-perfect?utm_source=pocket_collection_story&fbclid=IwAR2HgqMVgc0lG1qXzJH-eW8ChiXt3p6pGoHSnH4atJeHR6twpulvfORr7sg.
3 thoughts on “Empty the envy : Everyone is having fun but you.”
Hi, I forget where I read this and I’m paraphrasing but jealousy is distorted love. It’s a form of imbalanced admiration. As for “Grace” which is not earnest enough to be “authentic” because it wears a mask of cheer regardless of circumstance, and teaches tolerance instead of true equity or equality within the hierarchy of patriarchal religion(s) I’d have to say, I can do without that self-admiring vanity. Grace always leads to boasting and then preaching, head held high for the King. And the King(s) are all blocked by their egos (globally). And I don’t need to tell you why that is… You can read the signs.
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In my opinion, both deconstruct the mind and usually leads to pain, but that pain depending on the circumstance isn’t always permanent. Anyway, thank you for the insight.
Agreed. They deconstruct the mind but need not be permanent conditions of pain. I suppose a little more self-honesty is required to break people from their obsession-focus. Usually it means they aren’t doing their own work. Jealousy is easily solved by investing in ones own practice of creativity. To become ones own person and not to simply wish to imitate others for attention. Thank you for allowing my comments and for helping me contemplate further.
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