By Hannah Arendt
Arendt describes the lack of that means of the normal keyword phrases of politics: justice, cause, accountability, advantage, glory. via a chain of 8 routines, she exhibits how we will be able to redistill once again the important essence of those strategies.
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Kein ayin hora, the Jews of a certain generation used to say, meaning, may the evil eye not confound my good luck. Knock wood, more secular-minded people say, when hoping their good fortune will continue. I myself frequently knock wood, after saying kein ayin hora. What can it hurt, right? 34 ENV Y When I first set out to write about envy, a magazine editor to whom I mentioned it asked me if I realized I was of course myself highly enviable. Truth to tell, I’d thought of myself as lucky but scarcely enviable.
The other deadly sins, though all have the disapproval of religion, do not so thoroughly, so deeply demean, diminish, and disqualify a person. Not the least of its stigmata is the pettiness implicit in envy. The Webster’s definition of the word won’t quite do: “(1) Obs. ” The Oxford English Dictionary is rather better: it defines envy first as “malignant or hostile feeling; ill-will, malice, enmity,” and then as “active evil, harm, mischief,” both definitions accounted Obscure. But the great OED only gets down to serious business in its third definition, where it defines envy as “the feeling of mortification 2 ENVY and ill-will occasioned by the contemplation of superior advantages possessed by another,” in which usage the word envy first pops up around 1500.
I could hear the faint stirrings of envy in my friend’s voice. I could have counseled him that a great deal of sexual variety isn’t a true replacement for real love; I tell myself that it isn’t; in fact, I know that it isn’t. But I am also a man and cannot help wondering why I couldn’t have had both, immense variety and genuine love in inexhaustible supply. The envy of men is more far-flung than that of women. For men everything seems possible, not least the highly improbable. Men can envy athletes when they themselves have little coordination and less physical courage; men of great wealth even though they themselves have neither business acumen nor much in the way of ambition; artists when they themselves have no craft or artistic skill whatsoever.
Between Past and Future (Penguin Classics) by Hannah Arendt