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Question of the day – Why is there envy between people?

I’ve always wondered.  Why is there envy between people? Can someone answer me?

Envy has existed and will exist as long as there are people on earth. It began with Cain’s envy on his brother Abel. Envy is a negative, strong emotion, a mixture of sadness, anger and helplessness. Envy means recognizing that the envied person has the advantage, he is perhaps smarter,  he has more friends,  he has a successful professional life, and so on. Envious people can’t accept  being overtaken by others, because no one deserves more than them!  It is interesting that the envious envy those around them the most, because only with them they are in a permanent competition, only they cause them inner suffering, feelings of frustration, sometimes intense hatred, resentment and thoughts of revenge.

Just my  thought today….

  • Have you ever been envious?

    • Yes
    • No


What do you think?

11 Points

Written by Ileana Calotescu



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  1. I thought carefully before answering ‘no’ to your question in the poll, Ileana. Why should I be envious? No matter how well I succeed at something, there will always be someone who succeeds better, so it is pointless and never-ending to be envious. I have had a wonderful life, had travels and experiences that few people have had. Now in my later years, I am not materially rich, but my memories are rich and my soul is rich with a warm loving family. What a waste of one’s life to be always envious of others. Thanks for posting this.

  2. I think envious people don’t really know what they want. If I don’t have something someone does or I think they have a better life than me I think about if I really want things to change and if I do then how I could make the changes but I don’t waste my time envying them.


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