LongHaul Posted July 6, 2020 Share Posted July 6, 2020 8. Envy/Jealousy Tendency A member of a species designed through evolutionary process to want often-scarce food is going to be driven strongly toward getting food when it first sees food. And this is going to occur often and tend to create some conflict when the food is seen in the possession of another member of the same species. This is probably the evolutionary origin of the Envy/Jealousy Tendency that lies deep in human nature… Envy/jealousy is extreme in myth, religion, and literature wherein, in account after account, it triggers hatred and injury. Swap food for anything — money, love, power, recognition, material possessions, investment returns — someone has what another person wants and you get the seeds of envy and jealousy that can lead to resentment and hate. As I have shared the observation of life with Warren Buffett over decades, I have heard him wisely say on several occasions: “It is not greed that drives the world, but envy.” ======================================================================= Envy is a really big one that will mess you up. It really messes up thinking rationally in a big way. People can do all types of stupid things that are contrary to their goals and interests. It is almost like an invisible force that pulls you towards what others are doing whether logical or not. I think FOMO might be a form of envy because by participating it is a way to avoid the pain of envy/regret in the future (maybe - I am still thinking about this) One antidote is to see, read or watch someone who has much less than you. Hard to feel bad/envious of not getting that big fancy house after driving by a homeless person. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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