O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss, Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger: But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o’er Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!
—Othello by William Shakespeare
Did you know that crab fishermen do not put a lid on their catch?
If a crab tries to escape the bucket, the others will reach up and pull it back down. It is actually called the “Crab Mentality”.
Guess what? We humans do the exact same thing.
Envy is an emotion which occurs when a person lacks another’s superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it. In Latin, invidia is the sense of envy or jealousy, a “looking upon” associated with the evil eye, from invidere –“to look against”, “to look at in a hostile manner”.
I have watched beautiful and talented people pulled-down by those closest to them either friends or family members. Also, I’ve witnessed people within the business world squash their co-workers in fear of being “out-shined”.
Did you ever think that if one got to the top, they might reach down and help another? It could happen. We should be encouraging not discouraging . Think about it, all those crabs are doomed to die, but if they just helped each other they might not be in that predicament.