Date & Time: May 11 2011 - 7:00pm
Location: Moonstruck Diner - 449 Third Ave. /31St -2nd Floor
Host: LINDA BLAIKIE, L.C.S.W
Subject: DEALING WITH ENVY: YOURS OR SOMEONE ELSE
Dealing With Envy--Yours or Someone else’s
There is probably no one on earth who has not experienced envy--or been the object of envy. If it’s so universal, can it be a healthy emotion?
According to Webster’s, envy is “a strong feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by contemplation of another’s desirable possessions or qualities with a strong desire to have them for oneself.”
There is also an undercurrent of ineffectualness in envy: “[envy] means to resent another’s good fortune or to desire what is his. Envy combines both resentment and desire.”
Jealousy, however, appears to be a more active, more intense kind of envy: Webster’s says you are jealous when you are “fearful or wary of being supplanted; apprehensive of loss or position or affection.” Think of Iago in Shakespeare’s “Othello” as an example of insidious jealousy that can lead to tragedy.
Do Not Envy Believers
Envy, on the other hand is more common and a bit more benign: While murder can be committed in a “jealous rage,” envy is more likely to lead you to max out your credit card to buy a new wardrobe.
Atheists, science-driven though we are, are not immune to envy. In fact, we have heard some Atheists say they envy the surety and beatitude that comes from belief, even though they reject that belief itself.
Come on Wednesday, May 11, to take part in a fascinating discussion of envy--can it hamper your effectiveness, can you use it to your advantage?--led by Linda Blaikie, L.C.S.W., the gentle, caring and knowledgeable leader of our Living Without Religion Workshop.
WHAT: “HOW TO OVERCOME ENVY” WORKSHOP, led by Linda Blaikie, L.C.S.W.
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: MOONSTRUCK DINER - 449 Third Ave. at 31st St. Second Floor
COST: FREE to members (you can join at the meeting if desired, but we’re not pushy\
about this), but participants are expected to purchase a drink or food to
compensate Moonstruck for use of their space.
Cost: Free to members (can join at meeting if desired), but participants are expected to purchase a drink or food to compensate Moonstruck for use of their space.