We want what we do not have, and that is what drives us and makes fight to build a brighter and happier future, to be better and wiser people.
Desire does not cause anger, wrath. It starts and ends in itself: when you do not get what you want, it generates no resentment, no suffering. You do not think about it anymore. That moment ends and does not return to haunt us.
Envy is different: it generates hatred when you cannot get what you want. It creates an inexplicable and overwhelming feeling of hatred towards the person envied. Envy is associated with anger without reason: the rage of someone owning something that we really want but that is not ours, something that does not belong to us!
Desire is yearning for a wonderful future, but it is also wanting others to succeed, be well, be happy, have better wages, have a great life! Envy is feeling uncomfortable with the success and joy of others, it is to silently wish that they end up badly, to be happy with their problems, and not to stand their having a better life!
For Buddhists envy arises from the combination of two words: one which means greed and another which means jealousy. And it's a feeling that prevents spiritual evolution and blocks the path to enlightenment.
We must rise up to overcome envy and the hideous feelings it arouses - anger, bitterness, revenge. Envy is the right path to a future of unhappiness!
It takes courage to know when to stop and choose which desires to feed, which futures to plant and plan. You need tranquility to create a calm silence - within yourself - immune to the constant noise of always wanting more. It takes wisdom to be beyond greed, envy, and tread the paths of enlightenment.