Mar 19, 2008
Puritanism and Jealousy
Lord help you if you want an actual citation for Mencken's quote on Puritanism, but it goes something like this:
“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy"
I think I heard it before as
"...someone, somewhere, may be having fun."
Which relates to one of my new definitions of jealousy:
Jealousy: the haunting fear that someone in particular may be having more fun than me, in some particular way.
Just a little something I've been wrestling with lately. Breathing and prayer help, followed by the brain reminding myself that I have it very good, indeed.
Do you ever get jealous? What ever do you do to fix it?
I used to get a lot more jealous in the past. I'm not sure what's changed, except that I finally had my heart good and broken once and for all and was mad as hell about it, and then , not too much later, realized that I was actually far better off. Ever since then, I think I've been much happier with who and where I am.
That's romantic jealousy in particular, but I still get some other types of jealousy like professional jealousy or accomplishment envy or something. But I think the root of the jealousy issue is self-esteem based. So anything that improves your self-esteem helps to defeat jealousy. Also, a good massage goes a long way towards improving my mental state. :)
Posted by: Celeste | Mar 19, 2008 5:46:05 PM