The "envy" is always good because it means emulation, imitation, and these are the engines of learning: axis of culture.
As one who asks for forgiveness before committing a folly, someone invented the concepts of "good envy" or "healthy jealousy".
In this social fact, because whoever made it up did a creation that gained popularity, it appears that the "envy" to dry is bad or ill.
Because it is magic, my beloved bedside book also helps me this time.
Indeed, the Dictionary (1) says that "envy" is:
- Sadness or sorrow for another's good.
- Emulation, desire for something you do not own.
As this magical book is mine, I'm not him, so I would read it with a critical attitude and say, for example, that "envy" is not only sorrow for the good of others but, perhaps, the desire to be as well as the other.
Of course in this case not only longing intensely access the other's welfare but also I suppose, on the success or failure, you're so happy because you have that object apparently causes joy.
Therefore to envy I have to guess what the cause of a joy that I also like to have.
For someone to make such an interpretation must believe that just having something you can change and maintain a positive mood. If so, envy would not be a bad thing but just wrong for it is impossible that just having something especially practicable improve and maintain high welfare. The mistake would be to assume that access to this situation is exceedingly simple, monocausal, easy to understand.
But as we see in the second definition, "envy" is also emulation and this is the engine of learning: axis of culture.
Note: Original in Spanish (without translation by Google): Por la envidia tenemos cultura.
(Este es el Artículo Nº 1.950)