Envy

Joseph Sobran, April 1997:

“The concept of envy – the hatred of the superior – has dropped out of our moral vocabulary… The idea that white Christian civilization is hated more for its virtues than its sins doesn’t occur to us, because it’s not a nice idea… Western man towers over the rest of the world in ways so large as to be almost inexpressible. It’s Western exploration, science, and conquest that have revealed the world to itself. Other races feel like subjects of Western power long after colonialism, imperialism, and slavery have disappeared. The charge of racism puzzles whites who feel not hostility, but only baffled good will, because they don’t grasp what it really means: humiliation. The white man presents an image of superiority even when he isn’t conscious of it. And, superiority excites envy. Destroying white civilization is the inmost desire of the league of designated victims we call minorities.”

 

Sobran got into trouble for alleged (and probably actual) anti-Semitism, or anti-Israeli sentiment, which is too bad, because there is much in his writings that merits attention.

His quotes can be found here: http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quotes_by/joseph+sobran

On the subject of envy, which is an enormous driver of human behaviour and the ruin of many human cultures, it is vital that you delve into Helmut Schoeck’s book, simply called “Envy”. It was the first discussion of the entire subject, its pervasiveness,  its poisonous effects, and which cultures have found remedies for it. You need not think more than a second to realize that the society that has overcome envy – of the really poisonous variety – is ours. That is why we are successful, because we have suppressed and delegitimized the power of envy.

 

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