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Ylpeys käy lankeamuksen edellä.

-- Traditional Finnish proverb

One of the less admirable traits of the Finnish character is envy. Public display of wealth and taking pride in your own achievements are considered sin of the worst kind, and especially in the countryside the show-off will be ostracized, with the neighbors eagerly awaiting the moment of their enemy's downfall. When (if) it happens, they will nod knowingly to themselves, smile with Schadenfreude and recall the words of Ezekiel 16:
49. Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and her daughters ...

50. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

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