And it's destroying us everyday...
I blame 0Bama
We have a need to be equal to those who are seemingly at a higher power than us, and a way to make us feel this way is to develop their qualities. Therefore, we are almost always influenced by envy.
We are in the age of Pride, envy is just a reaction to a wound in our ego.
No, we are living in an age of unrivaled means and opportunity for the greedy to steal far beyond their fair share.