Are the youngest of our children jealous? Of course not. They may want something, but the true jealousy you will experience is that which is taught by society. Young children’s eyes are not darkened by jealousy. Concerning the eyes of the very young, really look at the eyes of small children, they are shining.
They are full of innocense and love and kindness and sharing. The same is eyes of awakened people. Look at eyes of Osho, look at the eyes of Krishnamurtu, Rishi Maharishi, Ram Dass, Wayne Dyer, and you will find the same radiance and grace. The eyes of awakened people are full of hope for the future and the same is the eyes of small children, they are happy in the here and now! If something bad happens to them, they may cry about it but for only one moment, then they completely forget about it and are back to living in the present moment.
Have you ever seen a child worrying himself or herself to death over what may come tomorrow? Of course not! It is only after going through life does one unlearn the ability to live in the moment. You may have never seen a child worry if they won’t get what they want for a gift during Christmas. They just don’t worry because they do not obsess over having control over the future.
Do you notice that young children are always laughing? Are young children stressed out? No. They have not yet been conditioned by society to be serious. And nervous… Because laughter is stress release, and laughter gets rid of the stress, and since children laugh all the time, they release their stress. This is true wisdom, and true wisdom always releases us from our falseness. I read in a book once that seriousness is proportional to sadness. Again, this is so important that I have to say it twice, your instinct to be serious is proportional to your sadness.
Society has made you so serious. Society has you comparing yourself to everyone else from the very beginning. If you start comparing yourself, you start to become jealous if you are less than where you wish yourself to be in comparison to other.. Society has exploited the you—the individual, in so many ways that it is almost impossible to believe. Society is always about comparing, contrasting, and competition.
Society asks you “Where are you in the ladder of success?” (Success as defined by achievement and money and status and how much tax revenue you can generate into the pockets of the political leaders.) But you will find that you can never be at the top of any ladder, someone will always be above you. So you are constantly never at ease. Somewhere you are stuck in the middle of the ladder. Perhaps the ladder should be a circle, because nobody has found the center.