The sour pleasures of resentment

Even people who have led privileged lives full of opportunity, writes Dalrymple,

manage to resent, often very forcefully. They compare their lives not with those of hundreds of millions of people less fortunate but with the very few who are even better off.

By contrast, people who have experienced horrifying treatment during civil war or other calamities

are often free of resentment.

This is further proof, if any were needed, that

this most destructive of emotions is more dependent upon inner need than outer circumstances.

There is, says Dalrymple,

a kind of sour pleasure or even a bitter happiness in resentment.

From Dr Johnson’s dictionary

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