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The Uses of Envy

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We’re used to thinking of envy in very negative terms. But it’s an emotion we should learn to accept and – in a calculated way – learn from…

It’s there to help us know what we want. It’s a call to action that should be heeded, containing garbled but important messages about what we should be doing with the rest of our lives. If we can get past the humiliation of envious feelings, we can start to see them as a set of clues about what we might do next.

From The School of Life, co-directed by Lara Lee and Hannah Jacobs, and written by Alain de Botton, explore The Uses of Envy.

dreaming of what we want
comparing cake piees
clues that help us decide what we want
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