Envy is at the roots the core problem that plagues our culture – specifically that of the West. It is destroying my generation.
Why Envy? It’s all about that tenth commandment from that terrible mythical book that tells us not to covet.
What prompted this realization was a podcast by Quintus Curtius entitled, “Letting Go Of The Anger And Resentments Of The Past” in which he goes over why it happens and where it comes from.
I’ve seen people who have been so thoroughly damaged by their past that their anger consumes them and is dished out upon the surrounding world.
Their inability to let the past go cripples them. Unlike the song, they shall not overcome. Instead, they give into a formidable and dangerous form of envy, because its easier then taking any responsibility. Why work on yourself, if others are completely at fault?
It is indeed envy more than it is jealousy because envy is the reaction to lacking what others have while jealousy is the usual reaction to losing what you have – usually not just in possessions, but people as well.
Look at the roots of the Social Justice dogma that plagues my millennial generation; it is a fundamental belief that you have been deprived, wronged, and prevented from having what is rightfully yours. Everyone else is oppressing you.
The 1%, the cis straight white male with a decent white collar job, the normal everyday blue collar worker with no criminal record; they don’t deserve it, but the fact that they have it and you don’t leads to that boiling rage and all consuming fire of envy. It’s not even just limited to success, as people covet the looks of others, blaming those looks and their lack of them for their inability to succeed. On social media, this has been dubbed, “The Instagram Effect”.
Look at the results of that fire. It destroys the lives of those who social justice types and feminists who have subconsciously and unknowingly became nihilists as the logical conclusion of their ideology tears into reality.
Consider the critics of men like Mike Cernovich. What is at the root of their anger toward him? His success. His influence. His ability to self-publish a book and sell over 15,000 copies in less than six months. Because they can’t have it, no one else can. They want his “fame” and “fortune”, but they don’t want any of the hardwork that went with it and the family that Cernovich has created in these last few years.
They firmly believe that they are simply “leveling” the playing field, but don’t actually realize that they are destroying it because they hate themselves and what they have become.
Of course they can’t realize this because they are so thoroughly broken by their pasts, that they can’t see beyond their own pain, nor see the pain of other “privileged” people in front of them.
The resentment that Quintus talks about is all consuming. People who have more then you do aren’t just “privileged”, they are an enemy. Because they have what you don’t, they must be taken down a notch and made to “check their privilege.” Why create when you can steal, plunder, and destroy what was your enemies?
But even that isn’t enough. They are a kind of evil, to be vanquished. The homeless cis straight white male on the streets isn’t evidence of holes in their ideology, but rather a confirmation that the “Patriarchy”, “White Supremacy”, or whatever other buzzword effects the “privileged”.
Envy when left unchecked, and the anger and resentment that give birth to it, eventually result in a complete lack of empathy. Ironically, that lack of empathy is exactly what they credit as to leading up to “systematic racism”, “white supremacy”, “Patriarchy” and the rest of it.
They have become that monster they despised and fought against. Not only are they now becoming the establishment in both academic and media circles, but they are far more vicious and less empathetic then the dethroned evil they had fought against. Even their fellow revolutionaries can be apart of the oppressive establishment and their their supposed allies problematic, hence the recent inquisition by feminists targeting the “misogyny” of the gay community.
Why? What is turning them into Medusas that turn to stone everything they see?
Nietzsche was right when he said, “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”
They are now that monster, fueled by anger and resentment of what others supposedly have which they do not. Leveling the playing field isn’t enough anymore; they must now destroy and dismantle everything that the previous “establishment” has created and produced.
This is why political correctness isn’t just running amok, its becoming more personal each and every day as the political becomes deeply personal.
- It is why Christmas must be banned if someone else looks like they might it enjoy it more then you.
- It is why Thanksgiving is problematic because you don’t have as much to be thankful for.
- It’s why Huck Finn is too “dangerous” to be allowed in literature classes because it hurts the “feelings” of those who have supposedly has much less and therefore it’s educational benefits that other students may gain from it simply doesn’t matter.
- It is why you must stop reading any literature written by white men because they clearly dont deserve the recognition and accolades their writing has garnered because your hasn’t because its absolute trash.
Envy is indeed dangerous, especially to those who are desperate to find a cause to give their life meaning and in turn adopt causes like “Feminism”, “Fat Acceptance”, and “Cultural Sensitivity” because they know their life doesn’t have purpose. So does everyone else.
Because of that, no one else’s life can either.
This doesn’t have to be any of us. It doesn’t have to be you. Even if everyone else is completely at fault for your problems, it won’t change the fact that you still face those problems.