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Think money is the root of all evil? Wrong. It isn’t. Granted, it’s right up there with the major players, and certainly worthy enough, but the real problem is jealousy. Jealousy starts wars, ends marriages, kills friendships, jobs and industries. Seriously. Jealousy is the root of all evil.
While money is a regular passenger on the Jealousy Express, it’s not the driver. And, nowhere in the Ten Commandments is money mentioned. It’s implicit, sure, but jealousy is the inherent antagonist: Thou shall not steal…anything…not just cash. Now, not coveting your neighbor’s wife or goods…bingo! That’s where the utterly repugnant and deservedly maligned jealousy thing takes center stage.
And lots of folks fall prey to the seductive pheromone jealousy exudes. That’s why it’s so perilous.
So, what to do? Luckily, we are intelligent and resilient human beings who (generally) endeavor to lead a life that is not fraught with ugliness and malice. Thus, a few practical, if not entirely novel, suggestions:
- Earn your own way. Seriously. Stop hoping for the local unicorn to spirit you away to that place where unbridled joy lives. Do. It. Yourself. You will earn your own self-respect. And, you’ll be a much better person.
- Stop living above your means. I can’t say this emphatically enough. It boggles the mind how many people buy $200 kicks on credit, when they can easily purchase a $50 pair for cash. (Three figures for China-made goods?) You’re better than that. Stop behaving like spoiled celebrities and start developing your own style.
- Think for yourself. No one deserves that privilege but you. Others might try to influence your innate good reason by using the jealousy ploy. Don’t take the bait.
- Be brave. I mean it. What’s wrong with a little courage, in order to do the right thing? Jealousy feeds on cowardice.
- Do the right thing. If that little conscious-y device starts squeaking, chances are you have an important decision to make. Choose wisely. Jealously loves injudiciousness.
Finally, begin to be grateful. Not only for what you have, but also for what you have been given. And for what you can give. Appreciation begets happiness, and it’s a recognized theorem that jealousy cannot survive in a joyful nature. Trust me.Published in