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The Poison of Envy: From Facebook to Taxes

RHSimard Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 3:29 AM
The current euphemism for such envy from the left is "fairness." Perhaps the most telling example is Obama's statement in a debate that he would favor an increase in the capital-gains rate, even with the knowledge that no revenue benefit would result, purely in the interest of (his notion of) fairness. The only real fairness is unfettered benefit realized from endeavor dedicated to providing for others at a profit moderated by market forces. Compassion for the needy is, of course, a moral obligation, but that is not fairness. And the moral obligation of the needy is gratitude and not envy.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Envy has reared its ugly head and is in the news of late. This is a new story, and in another sense it’s an old one.

Ancient Christians used to talk about “the seven deadly sins”---root sins that cause many other transgressions. Among those seven is the sin of envy.

A new study from Germany unveiled last week found that Facebook often triggers envy among many of its users. Envy especially over the social life and vacations and experiences of others.

Writing for REUTERS (1/22/13), Belinda Goldsmith writes,...