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Ending envy

You start by stopping comparisons

Envy is one of the seven deadly sins, and everyone agrees it's a nasty piece of business that has no place in the life of faith. Yet it's almost inevitable in a culture that is driven by consumerism, where the goal of the game is to be the one who ends up with the most toys. Celebrities and other conspicuous consumers constantly remind us of all the things we could have. The health of the economy, politicians add, depends upon our shopping habits.

Envy starts at an early age when we are exposed to all those TV commercials. We grow up wondering, "Why can't I have what they have?" and find ourselves chanting, "I want, I want, I want."


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