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Bird's Eye Comic Strip Story 01: The Envious Ostrich

Description: Ostrich envies the other birds while they admire him for his gifts. Ostrich's envy blinds him from seeing his own strengths.

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Here are different religious teachings about the moral of this story:

Buddhism

Buddhism teaches that suffering (dukkha) is caused by attachment and desire. Envy arises from desire and attachment to what others possess. When individuals covet what others have and feel envious, they experience suffering.

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Christianity

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus 20:17 RSV Bible)

Confucianism

"The Master said, 'Is it not a pleasure when friends come from afar? Is it not gentlemanly not to take offense when others fail to appreciate your abilities?'"
Confucius encourages individuals to find joy in the company of friends and not to take offense when their abilities or accomplishments go unnoticed or unappreciated by others. This attitude can help mitigate envy and resentment.

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Hinduism

"There is no peace for the wicked, nor for the envious." BG 16.21 

In this verse, envy is associated with wickedness and a lack of inner peace. It suggests that those who harbor envy are not at peace with themselves or the world. 

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Ifa

Envy is seen as a disruptive force that can upset the balance and harmony within a community or family. It can lead to conflicts and discord among individuals.

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Islam

“Look at those who are lower than you, but do not look at those who are above you, lest you belittle the favours God conferred upon you.” (Collection of Hadith - sayings & actions of Muhammad peace be upon him)

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Judaism

“Rabbi Yehoshua said: An evil eye, the evil inclination, and hatred of others (lit., of the creations) remove a person from the world.” (Mishna 16, Babylonian Talmud)

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Philosophy
Philosophers have noted that envy often arises from social comparison. Philosopher Max Scheler, for example, highlighted how individuals compare themselves to others and become envious when they perceive an inequality. This can relate to issues of justice and fairness.
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Rastafari

Envy is considered a distraction from one's spiritual journey and is discouraged in favor of devotion and seeking a higher state of consciousness.

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Scientology

Scientology utilizes the concept of the Tone Scale, which represents a range of emotional states from the most negative (such as apathy and anger) to the most positive (such as enthusiasm and serenity). Envy can be seen as a lower-tone emotion, and Scientology teachings encourage individuals to move up the Tone Scale toward more positive emotional states.

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Taoism

Tao Te Ching Chapter 3: "Not exalting the gifted prevents quarreling. Not collecting treasures prevents stealing. Not seeing desirable things prevents confusion of the heart."

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Other religions are invited to join in and send their input.

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