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Saturday, July 28, 2007


Lately I've started thinking about different subjects and elaborating on them in my blog. First it was poo, then the other day it was pacemakers for dogs. Today, it's envy.

What is the definition of envy? According to Wikipedia:

"Envy is an emotion that 'occurs when a person lacks another’s superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it.' Envy is one of the Seven deadly sins. At the core of envy seems to be an upward social comparison that threatens a person's self-esteem: another person has something that the envier considers to be important to have.

The word jealous is often used to describe an envious state. In its correct usage, jealousy is the fear of losing something to another person (a loved one in the prototypical form), while envy is the pain or frustration caused by another person having something that one does not have oneself.

In some cultures, envy is often associated with the color green, as in "green with envy". The phrase "green-eyed monster" refers to an individual whose current actions appear motivated by envy. This is based on a line from Shakespeare's Othello."

Now us pups don't really experience envy, but we know that two-leggers will occasionally. But perhaps it's all in how you handle it??? We Googled the word 'envy' and found:

Make Envy Your Friend - An interesting post from Success from the Nest that begins with, “Nothing sharpens sight like envy.” ~ Thomas Fuller; Envy has a bad rap. It doesn’t have to poison.
San Diego Envy Nightclub - Envy is the new nightclub at Downtown's Ivy Hotel. Just as the Ivy Hotel is the envy of all boutique hotels in San Diego, Envy promises to be the hottest new nightclub experience in the Gaslamp nightlife scene.
Envy, the movie - Ben Stiller and Jack Black starred as Tim and Nick, best friends, neighbors and co-workers, whose equal footing is suddenly tripped up when one of Nick's harebrained get-rich-quick schemes actually succeeds: Vapoorizer, a spray that literally makes dog poop, evaporate into thin air.
Envy - Envy, in Vancouver, is for those who know that the elegant and the environmentally friendly are quite often the same thing. For your health and the planet's, we bring you Envy. Renowned architect Ray Letkeman has created a building that proves one need not sacrifice aesthetics for health and ecology.
Tips to Avoid iPhone Envy - From PCWorld; yes, the iPhone is sleek and sexy, and it has a slick interface that performs so many techno-tricks even confirmed Luddites are salivating. But there's no reason to junk your current handset--in fact, Your Phone is more than ready to meet the iPhone challenge head on.

My thoughts? I learned a lot from Googling this word and this emotion, and came to the conclusion - if you're human, one time or another you'll probably feel envy; but the important thing is what you do with it.

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