Positive and Negative Envy

563Comment: You said that envy is a good quality that advances us in Kabbalah.

My Response: Yes, if envy is good, it creates a group, and if it is bad, it destroys it. It depends on what kind of envy it is.

If I envy the way others study, then I myself want to study like they do, I myself want to advance like this. It is said that envy creates intelligent, developed people. It enriches the world with knowledge. But this is a good envy when I want to be like the best, smart, capable, successful people. If a child has such a feeling, then it is great! What if it is the other way around?

Negative envy is a quality of petty, philistine egoism.

Question: Why is it so easy for a person to belittle someone in the eyes of others?

Answer: Because he benefits from it, he does not need to lift himself up. If someone is lower, it means that I am higher compared to him, and it is very difficult to raise myself relative to someone who is above me.

Comment: The culture of modern, massive megacities is such that there are groups of people who, as a rule, by belittling others, they raise themselves. Everyone is afraid to fall under their fire.

Answer: Of course. This is how we live.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call, Stupid Stubbornness” 4/18/13

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