“Interestingly enough, the proverb is also literally true as has been demonstrated by James Pomerantz in a scientific article on “‘The Grass is always Greener’: An Ecological Analysis of an Old Aphorism” (1983). This scholar proves that optical and perceptual laws alone will make the grass at a distance look greener to the human eye than the blades of grass perpendicular to the ground.” Wolfgang Mieder
Humans are seldom satisfied. The grass, for us, is always greener on the other side of the fence. Our propensity for envy, jealousy, discontent and strife leads us to look for happiness beyond where we are to where someone/something else is.
In comparison to our life, every thing else looks greener!
- That other job…
- Those other children…
- That other woman…
- That new car…new house…new wardrobe…new husband
- That church down the street…
- The ministry gifts of someone else…
Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others. We each must carry our own load. Galatians 6:4-5
Comparisons are not an accurate picture of reality. “Perceptual laws” makes something that is away from us look fresher and brighter than what is right by our side.
This phenomena happened to the Israelites after their escape from Egypt. God changed the heart of Pharaoh. He guided them through the desert, parted the Red Sea and with the swipe of one hand, destroyed the pursuing Egyptian army.
Then, at the first signs of difficulty, Egypt and the Apis Bull false god of their slave masters looked better than the one true God that was right by their side. To the Israelites, the grass looked greener on the other side of the desert.
The self focused immaturity of the Israelites is no different than our own tendency to look else where for our contentment and happiness. The circumstances and opportunities on the other side of the fence always look better than where we are.
The problem is that once we cross the fence, we are there…and the grass is still just as much work to mow.
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