” To feel envy is human, to savor schadenfreude is devilish” – Arthur Schopenhauer
Schadenfreude is defined as malicious satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune or discomfort. Ever get super excited when you see someone else is down, especially when its an enemy of yours? You do know that you’re wrong right? The perfect example of this is when Osama was killed in 2011 (supposedly). People were tootsie rolling and doing the running man in the streets when the news announced that he was taken out of the game. Ok, yes people were, and are still, tired of family members being sent off to fight this “war on terror”. Now, I am not a 100% sure of everything Osama has ever done and he was very wrong for heading terrorists groups that were killing innocent people and etc. I don’t want to get into a debate of the facts but basically no matter what person has done, I personally don’t feel as though we should laugh at their “calamity”. It should be a lesson learned though.
There are people who have done me wrong, whether it was intentional or not, I would never go and spread what it was nor will I have a field day relishing in the fact that something unfortunate has happened to them. Karma is real and person reaps what they sow of course, but you should pray for them. Even if it is challenging. Your prayer and love could be the very thing that causes a person to see the error in their ways and improve their life. DO NOT get me wrong, depending on what a person has done to you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be their best friend at ALL but just leave it at that. You aren’t supposed to subject yourself to torture and unhappiness in dealing with someone who doesn’t mean you any good, because they have some inner demons that they have to deal with. When I look back at some of the wrong I’ve done or others, I see that they had reasons behind it. It does not justify it or soften the blow but it does remind me that I will not engage in any behavior that mocks anything that happens to them that is unfavorable. Just like you and I, a person has to learn and they may not ever go back to being that way again. Remember that you have a skeleton or 7 in your closet, how would you feel if everyone flipped the script on you?
Remember be positive, it just takes one and taking time out to make someone else look bad or gossiping about their misfortune speaks volumes about you.