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Monday, May 15, 2006

Envy is a bitch.

I was reading a left wing blogger's column about school vouchers and one of the commenters pointed out that rich people might use the vouchers, and this wouldn't be fair, and that their kids could go to really great schools, etc, etc. Whine, bitch, moan. Damn people even before they've commited an offense. I know a lot of poor people that cheat and send their kids to schools in other districts and lie about their address to get a better education for their kids. My dad did that for me for a while until I got caught. I wasn't a good enough liar.

I am not sure how good schools can get, there is probably a finite limit, and then there is also a natural limit to how much a kid can learn, due to his own mental capacities, or lack thereof. I don't think this would create a race of rich, super kids. I mean, Paris Hilton obviously went to the best schools, and sweet though the dear girl is, she isn't the brightest bulb in the chandelier. She has other natural "talents" that some poor girls share too.

So, anyway, to get to my point, it seems to me that the major problem in this world is that people spend an inordinant amount of time worrying that someone else might get something that they themselves wont get. They do this even if they don't really want what the other person is getting. I have noticed this around my office where when one person gets a footstool, suddenly everyone else is up in arms and they whine til they get one, and a week later there are 20 footstools in the closet cause it's hard to work with your feet up on one. They stuck me in a cubicle against my will, kicking and screaming and using all the Liberal victim mentality I could fake. I went to the employee counseler and tried to make it seem as if it was bad for my mental and physical health.

You can see from the pic below I had a great window seat. Other than watching the homeless defecate outside the window periodically, I had a great gig going. Some people that were antisocial wanted cubicles and got them. Jealous people started bitching that they wanted one too, and that they never give us anything nice, and as a consequence my ass is stuck looking at grey cubicle walls all day.

I think that if they invented a drug that eliminated envy, it might be a good thing. It's no skin off my back if rich people use a voucher. People should stop caring so much about what other people do. If they enjoy high fat food let them eat it, it's a sensual pleasure, let them have it. If they have a lot of money let them spend it. I remember when some female tennis players were jealous of the money Anna Kournikova made from her looks and Martina Navrotilova said, "The money is there for her, it's not there for you!"

I read a great journal of a man that came to California by wagon train, The Journals and Drawings of J. Goldsborough Bruff. The book was recommended reading by Theodora Kroeber in her book Ishi. She said if you wanted to understand the hardened mentality of some of the people that came over in the wagon trains, Bruff's journal was great reading. Mr Bruff said that one Scandinavian guy couldn't carry his tools through the Sierra's, and rather than leaving them for others he smashed them to pieces. Mr Bruff asked him why was doing that and he replied, "Because if I can't use them, then nobody else is going to have the use of them either!" Human beings are strange. Be happy for other people and worry about your own damn self. As Tevya said in Fiddler on the Roof, "It's no shame to be poor, but it's no great honor either!"


At 9:52 AM , Blogger John Doe said...

Very interesting post, Miss C., and as all questions about human nature, I think it hasn't an easy response. I suspect it is not just a subject related to envy, but to individual freedom and the ego-insecurity.

Well, I'm an aspiring writer (my Spanish is much much much better than my English!), and I remember once when, speaking and dreaming with a friend in high school about earning money with my future books, and about buying a beautiful car and a wonderful Edwardian home (for example), a second schoolmate turned round and she shouted to me: "You will never earn a peseta (old national currency) with your books!!!" She had not read anything wrote by me, so she could not know if I was a talented writer or a mediocre novelist. But the idea of a old school friend being successful sounded absolutely terrible to her, because she didn't see light in her own future. It's just a interpretation, I know, but I think it's the correct one. And it is specially truth when we’re speaking about leftist people, I men, intrusive people; the idea of a dominant State (forced and false equality) is very friendly to this kind of people.

By the way, I lament you’re now in a cubicle. At least, do they give you free soft drinks as in Google?

At 10:59 AM , Blogger nourish_naresh said...

hey that was one thought-provoking article...thoroughly enjoyed it...and you are right..people always envy others...i had been envying each moment of Michael Douglas' life...lucky sonnova bitch if i may call so :)))
just kidding..i think envy has been the reason for world's lack of peace all along...if we go thru history, we will find n number of envies resulting to catastrophes..envy for power, envy for prestige, envy for colonies, envy for wealth..u name it and it is there...even today the unrest is due to the envy for liberty and freedom and shame that follows inevitably needs to be attended

neways i saw ur interestnig comment on bhamini's story :)) and i think that makes you competent enough to help a desperate character of "where are you?", on crossraods at

At 12:27 PM , Blogger Miss Carnivorous said...

SF, I had a boyfriend from Spain and he worked for GE and he preferred working in the US because he felt that there was less professional jealousy than in Spain. He felt that in Spanish culture you did not want the other guy to get credit or get ahead. I don't know if this is true, I am just repeating what he said, comprendes?

At 12:31 PM , Blogger Miss Carnivorous said...

Nourish, you are right that Michael Douglas is one of the luckiest guys that has ever lived, in the US we would say that, "That guy's got it going on!" A succession of beautiful women, each one more gorgeous than the last, culminating in a late marriage to the most beautiful woman that has ever lived, the former Miss Zeta Jones. Mr Douglas has had a hugely succesful acting and producing career and is filthy rich! Yes, It is totally acceptable to envy such a man!

At 3:24 PM , Blogger John Doe said...

Ja ja, comprendo, Miss C., here the envy is a sort of "national treasure", and everyone is complaining all the day, every day, about how nobody can be successful and see recognized his triumphs by his own neighbors. I think here it is an axiom, a truth admitted by everyone.

At 8:23 AM , Blogger nourish_naresh said...

and you know what he has was in india recently and announced that he wud be making a film with aishwarya rai...the bollywood bombshell and former miss world (1994)...i wonder wat makes him to go on even at the age of 60+ while others in his age grp probably only living it out...

At 9:59 AM , Blogger Miss Carnivorous said...

Mr Douglas no doubt uses a lot of Spermamax!!!

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