Jealousy is a very ugly trait and it is with good reason that the Maxims warn us against it. When we are jealous of others we often do not do what we can to achieve our own arête. When we are jealous of others, we become more interested in tearing down rather than building up. Jealousy often turns to bitterness and causes the negative side of Eris(Strife) to manifest. If we are jealous of others, we do not look to our own blessings with the gratefulness we should so we can’t truly honor the gifts we have been given by the Gods.
Jealousy has been called “the green-eyed monster” for many reasons. Key among them is that it in turn makes monsters of us. Jealousy is behind many of the criminal acts that occur. It causes the criminal to ‘take away’ what is another’s – whether that is property, dignity or even life. Jealousy causes us to look at our lives in terms of what we do not have rather than what we do. It causes us to look at life in terms of what we think we should have instead of what the Gods have decreed for us to be able to earn. It is one of the things that cause us to struggle for the wrong reasons.
When we do our best to put jealousy aside is when we are the most ourselves, the most creative and the most in tune with the Gods. This Maxim helps remind us of those facts.