A feeling of injustice can shade into irrational jealousy, and sometimes causes great harm.
Joselyn Ortega, a nanny from the Dominican Republic who was taking care of a family’s children in Manhattan’s posh Upper West Side, murdered two of them.
The crime seemed inexplicable,
But Joselyn had been suffering financial problems recently. The sublet in the Bronx where Joselyn and her son resided had expired, and they were forced to move into a Harlem apartment with Joselyn’s sister and niece. Rumor has it that Joselyn was in debt, despite the fact that the Krims (her employers) paid her well. According to Joselyn’s peers, Joselyn resented her employers for living a life that she perceived as luxury, while she struggled to pay her bills. Joselyn had been losing sleep, weight, and her relatives took her to visit a psychologist. Joselyn’s mood had changed and the Krims told her that if her work performance didn’t improve, they might have to let her go.
After Joselyn awoke from her coma, she immediately lawyered up. She inquired about how her own family was doing, but never once asked about or mentioned the Krim family. To date, reports indicate that she has shown no remorse for stealing the lives of the two children who were left in her care.
It is interesting that people can be much more envious of people they know, and even people who are generous to them, than people they do not know. Joselyn knew that the world was full of people who made more money than she did, but her jealousy and sense of injustice led her to murder her employer’s children, and not the children of these other people.
Now, I could be wrong, since Joselyn says that she killed the children because she wasn’t paid enough. But if that was true, why not leave the job?
Amy Chua, whose Chinese family came from the Philippines to America, had an aunt who was murdered by her aunt’s chauffeur. She says the following:
Each time I think of Nilo Abique – he was nearly six feet tall and my aunt was 4’11″ – I find myself welling up with a hatred and revulsion so intense it is actually consoling. But over time I have also had glimpses of how the vast majority of Filipinos, especially someone like Abique, must see the Chinese: as exploiters, foreign intruders, their wealth inexplicable, their superiority intolerable. I will never forget the entry in the police report for Abique’s “motive for murder.” The motive given was not robbery, despite the fact that jewels and money were taken. Instead there was just one word – “revenge.”
Amy Chua’s aunt’s employees did not live well, (they slept on mats next to each other on a floor), but at the time, this was better than the alternative of not being employed at all and living next to open sewers.
Marxism is partly based on the idea of an injustice – the exploitation of Workers by their Capitalist masters. However, in countries that implemented Marxism, such as North Korea, you end up with an elite that lives well, while everyone else lives in poverty and even starves. I wonder at the attraction of Marxism to so many intellectuals after so many of its tenets have been disproved in actual practice. The state does not at all “wither away” in a Marxist society, it becomes all encompassing.
Wafa Sultan, who was brought up in Syria, says the following:
From our earliest youth we were taught that when someone else wins, we lose, and that we win when others lose…We are not capable of building a spaceship, but I can still recall how we danced and shouted for joy when the American space shuttle Challenger disintegrated, killing its entire crew.
Nonie Darwish, brought up in Egypt, says this:
Many years ago, I knew a wonderful hard-working Hispanic family that found success in America after years of the mother working as a cleaning lady and the father a construction worker. Their kids all graduated college and never had to pay a dime for their education and wonderful government jobs. The children of that family today are speaking of discrimination, how California was part of Mexico, and how it is only fair to redistribute wealth. That was the lesson they learned in college.
Imagine you have a girlfriend/boyfriend. She breaks up with you, you feel maltreated, and on top of that, your life goes downhill, and she gets another boyfriend, handsomer and richer than you. She becomes successful and popular, while you do not. Would you be jealous? Should you be jealous? Are we talking injustice here, or jealousy?
There is plenty of injustice in the world, but it is not unjust that some people succeed more than others in a competition. I do not lose sleep over the fact that some people can bicycle much faster than I do (except when they are a 70 year old granny climbing a mountain), and I do not lose sleep over the fact that some people are much richer, and can see wonderful places that I will never see.
But I do lose sleep when I am purposely victimized. And I do not like it when politicians get much richer in office than their salary would explain, for instance.
We have to keep in sight the difference between real injustice, and the fact that life isn’t fair.
A God Who Hates by Wafa Sultan
http://askthepinoy.blogspot.com/2011/01/does-prof-amy-chua-have-any-other.html – for Amy Chua’s remarks.
http://frontpagemag.com/2012/deborah-weiss/when-class-envy-kills/ on Joselyn and her murders.
http://www.ruthfullyyours.com/2012/11/27/nonie-darwish-immigrants-dilemma-in-america/ on Nonie Darwish’s full remarks