Unformatted text preview: others have these goods, but because we have
not got them ourselves. It is therefore a good feeling felt by good persons, whereas envy is a
bad feeling felt by bad persons. Emulation makes us take steps to secure the good things in
question, envy makes us take steps to stop our neighbour having them. Emulation must
therefore tend to be felt by persons who believe themselves to deserve certain good things
that they have not got, it being understood that no one aspires to things which appear
impossible. It is accordingly felt by the young and by persons of lofty disposition. Also by
those who possess such good things as are deserved by men held in honour - these are wealth,
abundance of friends, public office, and the like; on the assumption that they ought to be
good men, they are emulous to gain such goods because they ought, in their belief, to belong
to men whose state of mind is good. Also by those whom all others think deserving. We also
feel it about anything for which our ancestors, relatives, personal friends, race, or country are
specially honoured, looking upon that thing...
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