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Being Jealous


We Indians are very fond of getting ‘Jealous’, and I suppose almost everyone in the country, in fact subcontinent grows this innate feeling Jealousness, that ultimately leads to their growth or downfall. The last two words of the second line explain the whole story, a bit of jealousness is always healthy for competition, but excess might throw you out of the league.   

An important fact about being jealous is that, we usually generate the feeling to someone very close to us. Close in the sense that someone who is nearest to competition with us. No wonder, how advancement Germany makes, we don’t care, but if Pakistan moves a step ahead of us we get utterly jealous. We don’t care if some X’s son clears IIT, the moment your neighbors son achieves the same feat you start cooking your son in a pressure cooker.
In fact, if you have noticed in a class, sometimes the topper is quite free and friendly with the lowest ranker of the class, but with the second rank, he might have a pretty decent relationship. You may find people you know getting into relationship every day, but the day your best friend gets into one, you feel sad. You don’t actually feel sad, but you feel jealous.
I suppose two of the greatest hurdles in front of India’s goal of being a developed nation are ‘Corruption’ and ‘Jealousness’. We Indians get jealous very often, and this leads us to the self destruction mode. Many of us cannot see other doing better than us. This feeling is inside very one of us. The only difference is that some can restrict this only to a feeling, while others bring it out as action. And once this becomes action. Someone is sure to be harmed.
The root before all the communal violence and riots or other killings is ‘jealousness’. People feel jealous seeing other religion more in power. Or feel jealous of the advancement of the mentality of certain people, or jealous seeing other communities doing better than theirs. In politics, parties are always jealous of each other’s powers.
So the point is, life seems much simpler, if we replace the word contentment with jealousness. Though a bit of it is always required as an important ingredient of being successful. But having more of it further reduces the horizon of development. India is burning, fueled by the feeling of jealousness. So people, we might not be able to stop the politicians from being corrupt, but surely can stop ourselves from being jealous.  
        
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