Sunday, November 8, 2020

Schadenfreude is Real

For some reason it's all around us today: Schadenfreude. That German word used to describe one's enjoyment of another's suffering or misfortune.

U.S. President Donald Trump was defeated "at the polls" by Joe Biden.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden gave his victory speech last night, and was the perfect gentleman in giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the opportunity to open the festivities. Right there, alone: What a difference! (And those smiles! Again: What a difference!)

Do I have any of this schadenfreude right now? No. I do not like or approve of that emotion. But, I did spend my formative years in Germany....

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