Changes, envy and the enemy of the good

No, I haven’t worked out as yet; it is 5:10 and the gym opens at 6 am. 🙂 I hope to lift and maybe walk a little today; run longer tomorrow morning and then NFL this Sunday! At least that is the plan.

Politics Of course, key states tend to get the most attention from candidates. But this year, Ohio just isn’t on the map of the Democrats. There are many reasons: one is that the Senate race is no longer competitive. The other is that there are now more important states to the Democratic map. Sure, Obama won Ohio twice and Clinton could win the state. But if she does, it will be because the rest of the race is very favorable to her. It is no longer a “must win”.

Envy vs. Jealousy One of my pet “it is really none of my business but it bothers me anyway” peeves is the use of “jealous” for “envious”. Yes, those words ARE different:

Traditional usage holds that we are jealous when we fear losing something that is important to us and envious when we desire that which someone else has. In this view, one might experience jealousy upon seeing one’s spouse flirt with another (because of the fear of losing the spouse), while one might experience envy upon seeing a friend with an attractive date (because of one’s desire to have an attractive date of one’s own). In common usage, this distinction is not always observed, and jealousy and jealous are often used in situations that involve envy. Our 2015 survey shows that the distinction is alive and well: large majorities of the Usage Panel approved the traditional uses of jealousy (She was jealous when she saw her husband having dinner with another woman) and envy (He was envious of the expensive sports car his neighbor bought), while only a minority accepted the switched uses: 29 percent accepted envious for the suspicious dinner, and 34 percent accepted jealous for the expensive sports car. The last figure does mean, though, that a third of the Panelists accept jealous meaning “envious,” and an even larger minority (43 percent) accept it when the entity being coveted is a person rather than an object, as in Never having been popular myself, I’m jealous of your many friends. It is evident from these results that many careful writers prefer to see the distinction between the two words maintained, with jealous being reserved for situations where one fears losing something and envious used for situations where one wants what one does not have.

Example: I might be envious of the intellectual ability of Steven Hawking. But if Barbara says “hey, I am going to an NFL game with male friend X” I might get jealous since *I* am always willing to go to these (if she wants to go to an opera or a play with a male friend: no problem.)

Millennials Evidently our blessed millennials don’t have much confidence in our institutions. I have a conjecture as to part of the reason: I well understand that our institutions are going to be flawed because, well, they are run by imperfect people like, well, me. I also expect progress to be hard, and well, at times, life will be hard. So if institution is imperfect but helps us make progress, well, that is good. But there will *always* be room for improvement and improvement comes at a high cost.


September 30, 2016 - Posted by | political/social, politics, politics/social, social/political | ,

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