No grief and envy. How does that work? Will it stay in modern times?
The feeling of wanting to have what someone else has. It is a lot like jealously, with the added element of desire. The strong desire to have what they have. It goes beyond thinking, “Wow that’s cool, I wish I could have that.” It actually bleeds over into a real want and need to have what you can’t have.
Well, nobody likes the feeling of envy…however it is a feeling known to us, whether we like it or not. Many definitions can be found: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Envy
In Bhutan I found a mystery which in my view was that the Bhutanese people don´t have grief or envy. Or at least they have only very little of it and much less than we do. Now, could that be because the country was in such isolation for so many centuries? But still today I could watch children who share their brand new toys very willingly with friends or others. They dont hold on to their new „treasures“ like kids do in the western world who show off with their new iPhone or sneaker shoes for hundreds of dollars. So is it a genetic phaenomenon? Or is it an educational phaenomenon, or a religious one, or just luck? And will it go away in modern times? In any case I believe the special happiness of Bhutanese people which is visible to any visitor immidiately is to a large extent because they have less strive for more and better possessions. And they dont envy others for their possessions but are happy for them. Of course they all like the new iPhones, but they are willing to share those or other new items with their friends and others as soon as they own something. Anyway…truly admirable, to me.