Jealousy has always been one of the most hurtful qualities of man. What is worse is that, it is almost inevitable. In one way or another, jealousy enters our lives and sometimes creates suffering for ourselves and others. As events from history has shown, human’s failure to stay away from this instinct has led to ruined relationships, suffering and even demoralization.
Cesare Borgia is a great example of how dangerous jealousy is to humans. As the oldest son of the powerful Pope Alexander VI of Vatican, Cesare is said to have everything, from wealth to land and power. However, Cesare felt inferior to his brother Giovani. He was sick of seeing Giovanni getting the affection from all the beautiful women as well as their father the Pope. Cesare even lost more military duties and national honor in to his brother. It is natural for a human to feel jealous, but Cesare’s extreme envy led him to kill his brother. Now having gained absolute power, Cesare was still unhappy. His father was so upset that he imprisoned himself in a palace for a long time, and Cesare was detested by Giovanni’s wife and many family members. From the story, it is startling how jealousy can make people do crazy things and turn brotherhood into rivalry, degrading moral values and causing suffering to everyone.
Daily life also proves to be a huge source of evidences for the negative effects of jealousy. Many friends treat each other like rivals. Because of excessive competitiveness in academics, the scene of some classmates making fun of somebody else’s low grade is not uncommon. I am astonished at the way many students wish each other to fail exams so that they can climb to the top of the class. People may argue that being jealous of others’ success gives them extra determination. They must have not realized that friendship is more important than these achievements. By being jealous, they actually develop a selfish attitude, and sacrifice what may have become their lifelong...