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COMMENTARY: We are different in many ways, both by nature and by achievement. These differences should not cause us to covet what we don’t have or envy one another.

By Donald DeMarco, National Catholic Register, January 18, 2021

Donald DeMarco Donald DeMarco, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow of Human Life International. He is professor emeritus at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario ….

Donald DeMarcoThe 10th Commandment reads: “Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s goods”. This commandment is rich in implication. First of all, it applies to all of us equally. We are all equal in the eyes of God as moral beings. No one is exempt from the moral order.

The word “covet” is synonymous with the more familiar term, “envy.” We are strongly advised, therefore, not to envy what our neighbor has that we may lack. Envy is a Deadly Sin. It is, as the historical record shows, a disposition that can lead to anger, violence and warfare. It is a vice that can spawn other vices.

Envy distracts us from virtues that we should put into practice, such as industry, responsibility, motivation and gratitude for what we have. It is far better to improve ourselves rather than envy others.  …

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