The Sin of Envy — Seven Deadly Sins
Whether we’d like to admit it or not, we all have a basic understanding of what envy feels like–how many of us haven’t coveted something about another person’s life before? It is perfectly natural to look upon someone else’s life and wonder what our own lives would be like under similar circumstances, but the sin of envy takes things to another (and much more malicious) level. Indeed, envy not only involves desiring what someone else has, but also bringing them down to a level of insignificance, as well as wishing misfortune upon them.
The Seven Deadly Sins: Envy
The root cause of envy in today’s world is typically due to the expectation that we deserve to experience what everyone else is experiencing. This is especially the case given the popularity of social media and how easily we can be exposed to people’s lavish lifestyles. In a similar vein, envy and consumerism go hand in hand. Today’s society encourages people to want what other people have, without a moment’s thought about their own needs.
Most instances of envy can be avoided by simply focusing on your own life. Try not to compare yourself with other people, and take responsibility for your own shortcomings. If you are more concerned with the success of others rather than your own, then not only will you fail to reach your goals, but you will become spiteful and bitter as a result. Lastly, make sure to appreciate the things that you do have in life, no matter how insignificant they may seem. We often take for granted just how privileged we are to be alive in the favourable circumstances of the modern world, and we’d probably all be a bit less envious if we just took the time to consider this fact.
Also, See the Full List: The Seven Deadly Sins in Day-to-Day Life – Catholic list
What is the Envy, our darkest and most secret deadly sin?
Despite a few exceptions, including Socrates, Jesus, Marcus Aurelius, Saint Francis, and Mother Teresa, we have all felt envy at one time or another, even if it was in varying degrees, from pricks to deep, soul-destroying, lacerating stabs.