11 thoughts on “The Politics of Inequality and Envy”

  1. I was cogitating on this very topic this morning. I appreciate your definitions of envy and jealousy. Perfectly obvious in one way, but I’d not thought it through/articulated it, so thank you.

    Another difficulty for me (and I dare say others) is how we get our little bit to someone, somewhere who needs it and will benefit from it, rather than into someone’s already well lined deep pocket. I know small charities who are “on the ground”, but often they are unable to respond to the major humanitarian crises.

    The whole “I don’t know what to do to really help” thinking can paralyse us and kid us into thinking it’s OK to do nothing… and I am pretty sure that is not God’s view!

      • Absolutely! It reminds me of the story of the boy throwing washed up starfish back into the sea, and an adult saying there are too many.. you won’t make any difference.. and the little boy said “it’ll make a difference to this one” as he threw it back into the water…
        We have to start….

  2. So refreshing to read the voice of common sense and your marking the difference between envy and jealousy.
    And encouragement for those of us who do what we can – perhaps contributing to our local food bank each time we go shopping, or making sure we and our families avoid waste, and reminding ourselves of the tenth commandment.

  3. Having seen Oxfam’s palatial HQ awhile ago I stopped taking any notice of them. They preach envy and a right to redistribution of wealth and then what? In a few months it will all be back as it always is with Oxfam’s senior members amongst the wealthiest of their kind.
    People need to be taught to make their own mark in life and to be satisfied with what they are able to achieve.

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