Envy and failure : Another perceptive guardian article

I just read another great guardian article (I don’t usually feel in agreement with their editorial angle so I am pleasantly surprised when now and again, one seems to be on the sent of truth). Here are some highlights from a recent one on envy.


“All envy would be extinguished, if it were universally known that there are none to be envied, and surely none can much be envied who are not pleased with themselves.” Dr Johnson

“I’ve been reading a lot of business books recently, and if there is one thing that all entrepreneurs have in common, it’s a stunning track record of colossal disasters.”

“No matter how accomplished you get – and I know a lot of people who are very accomplished – you feel that everyone is doing better than you, that it’s easier for them. You’ve got to the top of your profession – you’re now prime minister – but you still get **** off everyone.” Paul McCartney

“Failure is polite. To be imperfect is an act of courtesy to your fellow humans. In the same way, to appear to be hugely successful is an act of extreme rudeness, simply because it excites envy and jealousy in others. A friend of mine took to calling the glossy mag World of Interiors World of Inferiors because it made people feel bad. And this truth is admirably expressed in the title of Marge Simpson’s favourite magazine: Better Homes Than Yours. Failures are lovable. Who is more popular: Homer Simpson or Donald Trump?” From the article

I love that expression “World of Inferiors”. TV, Facebook, the clothes we wear and cars we drive can all add to our sense  inferiority. As Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, “Those who love money never have enough” . When asked how much money was enough, John Rockefeller (at one time the world’s richest man) answered, “Just a little bit more.”

Jesus is a gift. All the riches of heaven given to us for free. You can’t look at someone and say they have more of him than you. You have him or you don’t, and that by faith. Brilliant.

Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.Isaiah 55:2

That’s such a good question? Why read “Better Homes than yours” when we can listen to God speak of his love and provision for us?  Now, were is my bible…



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