Hat tip to Ken Blackwell.
In the forest Ernie sees a person with a crown and wishes he had one.
Then he notices that the crown-wearer envies a person who has a sceptre.
This fable is true of me. I’ve had these feelings of envy myself, not of people who possess things I don’t have but of people whose achievements are greater than mine. I have found that when I congratulated a person whose achievement I envied, the evil feeling drained away, like pus in a boil that has been punctured with a hot needle.