“Do not overrate that which you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not achieve peace.” ~Buddha

Hello, there.

I am extremely excited to announce that I am your new social media person/librarian here at the Raven Cafe.

My name is Jessica, and my confession is this:

This is my first blog entry ever. It’s not like this is my first rodeo with regard to writing. And with facebook/social media/online platforms being what they are, it’s not my first time writing for an audience, either.

Just my first time blogging. (“Blog”. “Blogging”. “Blogger”. Fun words.)

So, my predecessor set up this pretty cool weekly blog idea to correspond with with one of the weekly social media posts. She granted me full permission to run with it, and run with it I shall.

As you may know, the Seven Deadly Sins are scattered around the Raven in the form of caricature wall art. These delightfully terrible creatures are to each get a bit of limelight for the next seven Sundays.

Speaking of “lime”, our first sin featured will be that of Envy.

(See what I did there?)

Did you know that the term “green with envy” is attributed to none other than the Bard himself?

Shakespeare wrote in ‘Othello’:

“O beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on…”

‘Othello’, Act III, Scene III

The sin of envy is equated with jealousy, as envy is categorized as the desire for others’ possessions. These possessions could be those of the material nature, or it could be jealousy over a relationship or someone’s current station in life. It is also said to lead to the sin of wrath, or anger.

This makes sense. When another person has something that one does not have and greatly desires, one may move through covetousness straight to anger that one does not have said thing. One may even resort to violence in order to get it.

I feel that such behavior rather denotes a lack of will power and also points towards laziness, but that’s just my opinion.

Have you ever felt envious over something? What did you do about that feeling?

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