Saturday, August 23, 2008


So Danielle went to bed early last night because she had to work early this morning. So I went to RedBox to rent a movie she wouldn't want to see. I came away wtih American Gangster. It was pretty brutal and there was a lot of violence, drug usage, and inappropriate scenes, but overall the film was pretty good. There was a line from the movie that really intrigued me though. It was, "Success. It's got enemies. You can be successful and have enemies or you can be unsuccessful and have friends." The more I think about it the more I think that is true. By our very nature, we as people are envious and jealous. I don't know why but the success of others can by itself make us dislike them for one reason or another. Promotions, salary increases, new & better toys, better jobs, etc. can drive us all crazy in envy & jealousy. Then again sometimes those with all the stuff are envious and jealous of those who are more successful in life - family, marriage, and the stuff that really matters. Does the success of others really bother me? Do I dislike people for doing well - "better" than me?


Tyler Jensen said...

possibly, you really have to step back and analyze why you envy them, and how much of an affect that would have on your happiness and life. It can also be personality based where some are dominate and are truly jealous versus those who just admire the level they've reached