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July 06, 2020

Envy can threaten peace and stability

Competition cannot be avoided in any strata of life. Roadside vendors compete to sell their goods, while politicians try to attract voters to win elections.
In many cases, envy is the result of someone being unable to handle another’s success. It may strike when one sees another’s achievements or possessions. When someone is successful, some will hate him, others may even try to destroy what he has achieved.
Psychologists suggest there are two types of envy; malicious and benign. Ideally, it would be wonderful if we could all just enjoy the success of others. If an accomplishment benefits society as a whole, it should be celebrated and supported.
Envy is one of the most potent causes of unhappiness. If it cannot be controlled, it can threaten the peace and stability of human society.
If someone succeeds where another has failed, the latter will feel envious. But success achieved through hard work and perseverance should be celebrated, not hated. Genuine success cannot be snatched away from someone who has earned it.

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