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"Ay, kin can even be jealous of their kin. "
Also our fellow- competitors, who are indeed the people just mentioned- we do not compete
with men who lived a hundred centuries ago, or those not yet born, or the dead, or those
who dwell near the Pillars of Hercules, or those whom, in our opinion or that of others, we
take to be far below us or far above us. So too we compete with those who follow the same
ends as ourselves: we compete with our rivals in sport or in love, and generally with those
who are after the same things; and it is therefore these whom we are bound to envy beyond
all others. Hence the saying:
"Potter against potter. "
We also envy those whose possession of or success in a thing is a reproach to us: these are
our neighbours and equals; for it is clear that it is our own fault we have missed the good
thing in question; this annoys us, and excites envy in us. We also envy those who have what
we ought to have, or have got what we did have once. Hence old men envy younger men,
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