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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 04, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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This is the fifth of seven articles
naming and analyzing the reasons
for "The Seven Deadly Sins of "Soci
ety," one article appearing in this
newspaper each day and eaoh shed-
in this common, way that we have
almost lost its original meaning.
"Even ' the dictionary puts it awk
wardly: To envy is "to have an un
pleasant feeling toward another on
account bt desiring what he pos
sesses." Evidently the dictionary
takes envy much too seriously just
as the old moralists did!
Nowadays when we say that we
envy another we do not desire to rob
of a possession; we merely desire to
But by envy we acknowledge our
own inferiority. "A man that hath
no virtue in himself ever envieth vir
tue in another."
The sin of envy is in its reaction.
To be everlastingly wishing for
something acts upon the will like
slow paralysis. We substitute a
dream for wholesome, energizing ac
tivity. We cannot get a single thing by
merely wishing for it but if we wish
long enough and hard enough we
generally manage to make somebody
else so uncomfortable that he or she
Will provide it for us!
Wishes come true in much the
same way that badly brought up ba
bies get candy to stop their scream
ing. .
The world has suffered considera
bly from the envious wishers of suc
ceeding generations and has devel
oped several varieties of religious
systems and gome sickly sweet phi
losophies of living for their accom
modation, all planned on the com
fortable theory that your own will,
arrive some time if you keep your
mind working on the proposition and
smile while you wait
Such a theory of life helps to con
ceal the most naive and complacent
selfishness- ever tolerated in family
Such false philosophy is as com
pelling as gravity, it proves effec
tive because it makes the willing as-
ding a greal deal of light on the
things men and women live by."
"I wish" is often an expression of
envy, a word which we frequently
misconstrue or use carelessly in
compliment to more - fortunate
friends. "I envy you your chance, or
your beauty, or your tact," we say
carelessly, without conviction of sin.
So frequently do we use the word

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