Sunday, September 23, 2012

envy and longing

I have been thinking about envy - one of the seven deadly sins and a constant fixture in any artist's career. Envy is not an interesting feeling to encounter in an artistic process, however, either in the rehearsal or in the performance.

I look up the meaning of envy on my computer's dictionary and it says:

a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck .

Aha! Longing! Envy is a longing. And we know from a few posts ago, that longing is connected to being static. Thus, envy is static. It leads to a self-regarding loop that collapses in on itself. Nothing beautiful can come out of it.


Sen said...

Very true. Envy is also connected to not seeing your own qualities, so while being static it is also quite blind :)

sufeh said...

Interesting. I saw a work on the weekend that touched an artist's envy of others. At the end I felt he had never really revealed himself and as a result, I felt distance from the work. I suppose if you cannot see yourself, you cannot reveal yourself.