ENVY AND SOCIALISM

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Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. ~Winston Churchill


Webster’s Dictionary defines envy as “Painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage.”

Many of us can and do desire the material advantage or wealth of another without feeling envy. Healthy people see that they can eliminate the difference, or advantage enjoyed by others through their own effort. Through work and skill they simply believe they can and will achieve the level of affluence of others. Healthy people do not feel pain in the success of others. They see opportunity, challenge and hope. The healthiest among us rejoice when others succeed.

Real envy has at its root the idea of entitlement—the envious feel that it is painfully unfair or unjust that others have something they want and they see no substantial reason why they should not possess it as well. To the envious, the success of others is an irritating reminder of their own deep-seated deficiencies. The belief of the envious is that if I have as much as others have, then I will feel better—in eliminating their material advantage, my emotional deficit will be healed.

To satisfy this painful yearning, the envious can accomplish their goal in three ways: First, they can hope that someone will give them the same level of affluence thus elevating them to the perceived status of those they envy. Or, they can hope that others lose their possessions or status and thereby fall to perceived level of the envious. Finally, they can seek to eliminate ownership of property or possessions or status altogether. The first two strategies can be accomplished in one step—by taking the possessions of the advantaged and given to those who exist in a perceived disadvantage. The third is even more ambitious for it would require the elimination of one of the basic human rights—the ownership of property.

Envy is mean-spirited, irrational, unfair, and uncaring. It gives no pleasure to its possessor. And, it must be pointed out that there is a political ideology that has envy’s identical goals. It is called Socialism. The conclusion is obvious; socialism is the political ideology of the envious. No personal or political goal will ever succeed if it is based upon the debasement of others.


~Bryce Lefever