n., A feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people
Origin: German, from Schaden (harm) + Freude (joy)
Anyway, I asked my friend if he was one of those unlucky people standing in the aisle, and he said no. He was seated, and quite comfortably so. He also admitted to feeling the urge to laugh at the people left standing in the aisles. That, that is Schadenfreude.
Didn't you ever ask a classmate how he did in an exam? Didn't you feel a bit relieved to know that someone scored lower than you did?
There's something about the human spirit that makes us want to be better than everyone else -- or at least, better than someone else.
To be fair though, some people are genuinely unaware that they're experiencing Schadenfreude. When people are feeling a little down on their luck, their friends will sometimes tell them, "Just think about how much better off you are than other people. At least you're not a starving child in Africa." (People say that in the PH, not sure about other countries. You might be more sensitive than we are, haha.) Friends will tell friends that they shouldn't feel bad about whatever situation they're in, because there are always people who are worse off. That, that is Schadenfreude. It's done with the purest of intentions, but it's still Schadenfreude.
Some notable examples of Schadenfreude:
- Singing The Wanted's I'm Glad You Came when a friend tells you about how he ejaculated prematurely.
- Laughing when yo momma so fat, she jumped in the air and got stuck.
That's it for today's WOTD! And remember, finish your dinner because kids in Africa are starving.