A Short History Of Envy

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Although envy is largely viewed as negative, the Ancient Greeks had a form of envy that was seen in a good light. This envy was toward bad people with undeserved good fortune. However, this form of envy was rare. The Ancient Greeks thought that only the gods could hold this sort of envy, especially towards mortals. Aristotle denied that this envy existed and tried to call it a different name: “to nemesan”. “To nemesan” was justifiable indignation—a painful feeling much like envy, felt after seeing people who are unfairly fortunate. Read full article here

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