On Envying Happiness: Bertrand Russell's Tenth Commandment for Teaching

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 6:07pm
On Envying Happiness: Bertrand Russell's Tenth Commandment for Teaching

The tenth of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on envying others.

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Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Executive Editor / Chief Content Officer for On Being
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(10) Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.


~Bertrand Russell, from his "Ten Commandments" of the liberal outlook as it appears in his 1951 New York Times op-ed, "The Best Answer to Fanaticism—Liberalism."

See Russell's Ninth Commandment.

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