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Beware the vice of envy. It is the only one of the seven deadly sins that brings not even the simulacrum of pleasure. Pride may get things done. You may, like Augustus Caesar, want to find your city in brick so that you can leave it in marble. It will not please God, this is all too human pride, but at least Rome will shine in the sun after a rainstorm, not look like heaps of mud. Lust may revel in the beauty of the human body. Even sloth may once in a while enjoy doing nothing on a pleasant afternoon. But envy is always looking cross-eyed – that is what the Latin invidia means – at something good that someone else enjoys, and wishing to ruin the enjoyment.
It is spiritual poison for weaklings.
— Anthony Esolen from his latest book, No Apologies
It has always seemed to me that socialism is merely envy tarted up as a virtue. “Spiritual poison for weaklings” is thoroughly apropos of the entire progressive project.Published in