Embracing Envy: Finding the Spiritual Treasure in Our Most Shameful Emotion

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Embracing Envy: Finding the Spiritual Treasure in Our Most Shameful Emotion is a book about the redeeming spiritual qualities of envy. It was written by Josh Gressel and published by University Press of America in 2014. The book includes interviews of subjects identified only by their first names.

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  • In this country, no one that I know of or have ever heard of—barring catastrophic circumstances—is envious of anybody else's access to water. Why? Because we all have it. Why do we all have it? Because society provides it. There are societies on the planet that are incapable of providing clean water, or have such a self-aggrandizing elite element that the society fails to provide clean water. In those societies, there is envy of those who have access to clean water. So, to me, it's a clear example that when there is access to something that's needed, and everybody has that access, the entire question of envy doesn't even enter the conversation.
  • To say that socialism failed is a little bit like saying that the egg cracked without recognizing that someone stepped on the egg. The revolutions failed partly because someone stepped on them, and stepped on them with violence, very quickly.