For Humans to Progress We MUST Learn to Channel Envy ProductivleySubmitted by dwalters on Thu, 12/27/2012 - 11:19
I believe more strongly everyday that desire accounts for 99% of 'bad' human action. So, this is an extremely important topic to address. Please try to keep this in mind in the future.
When confronted by sufficient desire to provoke action there are three general options for the actor to choose from:
1. Take what causes the desire by use or threat of force against the possessor.
2. Trade with the possessor for what is desired.
3. Learn how to acquire something equivalent to what is desired through one's own productive capacities.
These can be applied to any situation where desire is present. For instance, suppose one man desires another man's attractive wife. Option 1 may lead to rape at gunpoint. Option 2 could entail paying the couple a sum of money in exchange for a favor. Option 3 may cause the envious man to seek a woman with similar qualities.
I urge you to brainstorm whatever mischievous actions you can conjure up and attempt to find a place where this doesn't apply. Keep in mind that desire also occurs when a person may potentially lose something. Even most of the seemingly unconscionable actions performed by sociopaths result from some manifestation of desire.
For humans to progress, our species must learn to channel desire productively on a large scale. The ever present "option 1" must be avoided.