Jumat, 21 Oktober 2011

Firewater Friday - Jealousy is all the fun you think they had

It’s not easy being green . . . or so Kermit says.  It’s even harder when you’re struggling withthe green-eyed monster who feasts on the flesh of jealousy.  Kermit doesn’t seem like the jealous type . .. perhaps he was green with envy.

Why is green the representative color of such fierceemotions.

Shakespeare told of the green-eyed monster in Othello “O! Beware my lord, of jealousy; it is thegreen-ey’d monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on”

 . . . and again inThe Merchant of Venice.   "How all the other passions fleet to air,as doubtful thoughts and rash embraced despair and shuddering fear andgreen-eyed jealousy!"

Shakespeare, however, did not make the first association withthe color.  That goes back much, muchfurther.

Sappho, a seventh century B.C. poetess Sappho uses the colorto describe the face of a stricken lover. After that, the word was used freely byother poets to denote jealousy or envy.

My eyes are dead tolight, my ears
pound, and sweat poursover me.
I convulse, greener than grass . . .

The Greeks who believed that jealousy was accompanied by anoverproduction of bile.  The bodilyfluids or "humors" were said to lend a yellowish-green tinge to hewho was jealous.

You should note that I say “he who was jealous” . . . he.  That is because men have a strongertendency towards jealousy than the fairer sex. How do I know this?  It’sevolutionary, my dear Watson, evolutionary. 

It is a fact that males . . . not females . . . risk the possibility thattheir offspring could potentially be those of another . . . of a rival male.  Therefore men often suffer from “paternityinsecurity" . . . the focus of jealousy is generally pointed directly the would-be(or could-be) physical infidelity of his chosen mate . . . whether real orimagined.

“Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves”

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