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Two Friends Overcome Their Lifelong Envy of Each Other

I resented Billy Berger (I'm changing his name here) for four decades. Sometimes, in the earliest years, the resentment felt like it approached outright despising. At the root of it, though, was envy.

Like me, Billy Berger was a preacher's kid. In fact, our fathers served as pastors of the same congregation—with Billy's dad serving first. Billy was the same age as I, which meant that all the neighborhood kids, and just about ...

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