When I think of the word covet I think of the tenth commandment. Here is what that says
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
I know covet is an old word so let’s be sure of the meaning.
Covet – wish, long, or crave for
So this last commandment means you should not wish for or crave anything that your neighbor has. But isn’t craving things that others have kind of foundational to the capitalistic system? We are all supposed to want the latest gadget, clothes, houses, you name it. If no one craves anything how can we survive.
Let’s face it, at least this commandment if very anti-American…
I’ll bet if I go through the other nine I will find others that just don’t jive with our current American culture. Things like loving money, cursing that is found in almost all of our movies, lying on the resume, or even war for that matter seem to be no-no.
Maybe we should put the ten commandments the law of the land. That would radically change things or at least change the makeup of our prison population….