Friday, March 03, 2006

What We Look Through

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.
Josh Billings, 1815-1885, American Humorist and Lecturer

Love forgives shortcomings; envy uses them as weapons. Love grades on the curve; envy flunks for spite. Love heals all wounds; jealousy is a cancer that destroys healthy tissue. One moves mountains, while the other builds them out of any handy mole hill. Once we allow a negative emotion to invade it torments us to pass it on, but that only increases our agony.
Gazing gently upon our fellowman should come quite naturally, even the ones who have not earned our affection deserve a measure of our concern. I do not care as much for some people as I do for others, it would be an odd thing to blanket everyone with the same emotion. I worry about the ones who expend so much energy and waste so much time on such foolish things.
If cancer was sold from a shop at bargain prices I like to think there would be no buyers. But some of us willingly embrace cancer of the soul at a price no sane person would pay. Negative emotions are costly, taking all you possess then demanding more. Spend your love wisely and invest in something that will benefit all.