Jonathan Edwards defined envy as, “a spirit of dissatisfaction or opposition to the prosperity or happiness of others.”
Similarly, Nathaniel Vincent said, “How much of hell is there in the temper of an envious man! The happiness of another is his misery; the good of another is his affliction.”
Vincent continued, “He looks upon the virtue of another with an evil eye, and is as sorry at the praise of another as if that praise were taken away from himself. Envy makes a hater of his neighbour, and his own tormentor.”
The video below personifies envy and illustrates the effect it has on individuals and society, through, what Winston Churchill called, “the gospel of envy,” that is, Socialism.