Friday, August 19, 2011

Schadenfreude ...

from The New Yorker
... is "pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others".  Why do we secretly take joy in the minor (or sometimes major) troubles of others?  Is it that their lives seem too perfect?  Or that they've been so much luckier than we have.  Its envy, of course.  One of the Seven Deadly Sins, I believe.  (Don't fall over in disbelief, fellow atheists, that's just Sunday School stuff from the fifties regurgitated.  Amazing how indoctrinated people can become if you get them young enough!)  Should we worry about a little schadenfreude?  Probably not.  It's a perfectly natural impulse I would think.  But it is probably something to be aware of, lest we ourselves take a tumble at some point.  Which - when you think of it - is almost inevitable.

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