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Wednesday, January 01, 2003


I have learned from Aristotle the difference between envy and emulation. Both are feelings of pain aroused by seeing another who has that which you do not. Envy is a petty feeling that causes the envious person to desire that the other person lose that which the envious person does not possess. Emulation is a noble feeling that causes the emulative person to desire that they gain that which the other person possesses. An envious person with one cow desires that his neighbor with two cows lose one cow. An emulative person with one cow whose nieghbor has two cows desires to gain a cow.

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