• Jack Hager

Comparison is the Root of All Sin

I can't find it searching, but somewhere sometime I heard someone saying or read someone writing that "Comparison is the root of all sin."


On reflection, I think the unknown to me author/speaker is right.


First Timothy 6.10 reads, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."


Why could I fall into loving money? Because I want more than I have; I want more than someone else has. Comparison.


Which is why the lyrics of the Olivia Rodrigo song "Jealousy, Jealousy" (released in '21) are so telling of young...and not-so-young...people today:


"I kinda wanna throw my phone across the room

'Cause all I see are girls too good to be true

With paper-white teeth and perfect bodies, wish I didn't care

I know their beauty's not my lack, but it feels like that

Weight is on my back, and I can't let it go


Com-comparison is killing me slowly

I think I think too much 'bout kids who don't know me

I'm so sick of myself, I'd rather be, rather be

Anyone, anyone else, my jealousy, jealousy started following me

Started following me


And I see everyone getting all the things I want

I'm happy for them, but then again I'm not

Just cool vintage clothes and vacation photos

I can't stand it, oh, God, I sound crazy

Their win is not my loss

I know it's true, but I can't help getting caught up in it all


Com-comparison is killing me slowly

I think I think too much 'bout kids who don't know me

I'm so sick of myself, rather be, rather be

Anyone, anyone else, my jealousy, jealousy


All your friends are so cool, you go out every night

In your daddy's nice car, yeah, you're living the life

Got a pretty face, pretty boyfriend too

I wanna be you so bad and I don't even know you

All I see is what I should be

Happier, prettier, jealousy, jealousy

All I see, what I should be

I'm losing it, all I get's jealousy, jealousy


Com-comparison is killing me slowly

I think I think too much 'bout kids who don't know me

And I'm so sick of myself, rather be, rather be

Anyone, anyone else, my jealousy, jealousy

I'm so sick of myself, I'd rather be, rather be

Anyone, anyone else, jealousy, jealousy started following me."


The internet, social media is like pretty much everything else: pluses and minuses.


For my money the pluses still outweigh the minuses.


But we need to be aware of the minuses.

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