There are at least two ways to feel good about yourself – an easy route and a hard route. The later will take commitment and discipline.
The easy way is to find someone who is taking the hard road and do all you can to tear him down. Tell yourself and others why he shouldn’t succeed and what you think he is doing wrong. (And while you’re at it, never look at yourself and direct your critical eye at your own life and how well it is working … deep down, honestly.) Then you don’t have to feel guilty when looking “up” to how he is using his life. By beating him down, you elevate yourself. Simple, but sad.
That is similar to driving off the end of a tall bridge that is missing a span. It is very exciting – exhilarating even – but only for a moment before reality comes crashing in.
“But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.” (Acts 17:13)