Question: Is envy a way of personal identification with the superiority of the object that evoked such a sensation? Or is it a certain program of egoism, a manifestation of one’s own essence in relation to social cynicism?
Answer: I don’t know what “social cynicism” is. Notions like this should be analyzed separately.
Regarding envy, it is a very useful quality. It stems from the fact that we were together once, and certain mutual relationships, mutual sensations have remained in us. If we didn’t have them, we wouldn’t feel envy, you wouldn’t feel others.
That is why envy is the basis to very good future relations, love, and merger into one common whole. All of it is with the help of envy. This is why it cannot be eradicated. On the contrary, it should be developed.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/5/20