Monday, June 23

Jealousy is a tiger that tears not only its prey but also its own raging heart | Chinese Quotes

Jealousy Proverbs

by Rodrigo Silveira

As a young lad I would often try to imagine life in its perfect state. A state where nothing inconvenient existed. I thought an effective way to create such utopia would consist of the following three steps, in no particular order: 1) Life in Brazil 2) Life in the family unit, and 3) Life without fear. How naive indeed of me.

Now that I have become a grown man and no longer embrace childish things; now that I no longer have my life in Brazil; and most importantly, now that I live a life with theoretically no fear, I can see how our big sister Jungle (the first born from the womb of our Mother Earth) still teaches us those ageless lessons that will carry us on through the lonely wilderness of sorrows that life sometimes disguises itself as.

First, and very sadly, I have come to learn from the laws of the Jungle that as wonderful as any country may be (as the flawed logic of the idea of an ugly country is prevalent in existence), there is but only one true promise land - Zion. Zion is deep down the ground, far below the shallow surface and the reach of the casually curious. The perfect country is that in which you are at the moment. There is only 24 hours in a day, 4 seasons in a year, one sun, one moon, and one, no more, no less, but one heart inside each of us. There are so many limitations to all of us, but we all have the same amount of it all. It's what we do with what we get that sets us apart. That's the different between a good pilot and a great pilot; it's not the plane nor the wind, but the attitude and ability to correct errors in judgment timely.

The same goes to my second requirement, as I thought in my youth, for a perfect world. If all those half-human, half-plastic models wished for lives in family units, rather than plain ol' world peace, the results of their momentary crowing would actually be half beneficial for half a second, which would be twice as much as what it is now. No family is perfect. Life is the great school and therefore you can't be learned unless you live. The concept of living, being alive, is intricably and inseparably connected with time. If you have been living for a great amount of time, great is the experience you have been blessed with. Live, Learn, and Love [Luci].

In conclusion, my dear young readers, let us reason together and see if we can corner the worst and most crippling of all emotions that can ruin our cute, little Utopia. Fear? Nah... There are plenty of fearless people living miserable lives. I have seen myself slay my fears away, decapitating him and crushing his vitals with my bare hands. And yet I can't seem to have conquered the emotional beast that is within the heart. Embarrassment? NAH! No matter how embarrassed you may feel at any given point in time, or how long you may live in embarrassment, the day after the blushes wear out laughter will replace the form of the countenance.

Recently in my tutoring sessions with Miss J., I have learned that there is an even greater monster than fear, embarrassment, or the fear of being embarrassed. This evil is a genetical blend of insecurity, paranoia and selfishness. Her name - Jealousy.

Rodrigo Silveira :: [long-strange-trip]


  1. oh oh... Jealously is in deed dangerous terrain!!

    Kid, Argentina IS Zion, I hope you learn that now in your youth.

    Family unit makes easier the difficult path of mother 'jungle'

    The same way that family unit makes it easy, Fear makes it harder.

  2. "One ship sails east and another sails west
    With the self-same winds that blow.
    Tis the set of the sail and not the gale
    Which determines the way they go.
    As the winds of the sea are the ways of fate
    As we voyage along through life,
    Tis the act of the soul that determines the goal,
    And not the calm or the strife."
    (Ella Wheeler Wilcox )