How many of our thoughts or actions are spurred by competition or jealousy?

“A neglected observation, too, is that envy is usually local. At least in the United States, most economic resentment is not directed toward billionaires or high-roller financiers—not even corrupt ones. It’s directed at the guy down the hall who got a bigger raise. It’s directed at the husband of your wife’s sister, because the brand of beer he stocks costs $3 a case more than yours, and so on. That’s another reason why a lot of people aren’t so bothered by income or wealth inequality at the macro level. Most of us don’t compare ourselves to billionaires. Gore Vidal put it honestly: ‘Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.'” -Tyler Cowen, The Inequality that Matters

Writing Prompt: write about a character with a petty jealousy that will change his or her life.

Journaling Prompt: What petty things am I jealous of?

Art Prompt: Jealousy

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about how envy and jealousy affects relationships.

Credit: Photo by Luke Saagi on Flickr.

One Response to Prompt #2: Jealousy

  1. Liz says:

    (I’m stuck on the nerds with martinis. Forgive!)

    It’s not fair! thought Sally. How did Deidre walk in here and get every gay nerd? I’ve been sitting here all night debating whether the new Doctor is gay and not a single nibble to show for it. After that bit she did with the olive, Deidre could have her pick of the group. Heck, she could have all of them.

    Sally downed her Cuba Libra and gestured to the bartender for another. I just need one, she thought. That’s all I need is one to buy into my plan. I can’t believe she had them all in the palm of her hand and then walked out.

    She took another look at the swooning nerds and realized that there was no point in staying. She took a deep gulp of the Cuba Libre, paid her tab, and stomped out of the bar. There’s nothing sadder than a ruined nerd.

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