My Version of SchadenFreude: 1
As many of my regular readers have probably guessed by now- I take great joy in the misery, pain, suffering, dismemberment, illness and death of others. But how did it come to be this way? I was certainly not born like that..
As explained in some of my oldest posts, I gradually lost my faith in humans. Most people still don’t realize social and technological changes make it possible for a person to lose all faith in humans, harbor considerable ill-will towards others and still have a life that appears normal. Of course, this will cause numerous problems in that society such as lack of social cohesion, an unwillingness to care about common goals and a variety of behaviors that reduce the benefit a society accrues from people who play by the rules.
One of the least mentioned effects of loss of faith in other people is strong omnipresent schadenfreude. It can be so strong that a detailed account of a random child’s painful death from a terminal illness can suddenly brighten your day, or stories of mass deaths of people you never knew can make you feel good.
At some point schadenfreude transcends issues such as whether they were guilty, deserving or competitors. It is now about undiluted misanthropy.
Even you can reach this level, as long as you can satisfy some preconditions.
1. You have to be aware that you are mortal, but so is everybody else.
2. People around you must have consistently been unhelpful, deceptive or exploitative.
3. You are not particularly affected by the possibility of your own death.
4. You have no real reason to care about others.
5. You see human beings as obstacles to your modest goals.
6. Nobody has expressed genuine remorse over their behavior towards you or have tried to make it right.
Once the above mentioned preconditions have been satisfied, you WILL gradually lose any guilt, empathy, restraint or sense of decency towards others. Eventually you reach a point where the suffering of others will make you happy even if you have never met them or don’t benefit from it.
Note: Traditionally schadenfreude is linked to envy and comparison rather than generalized misanthropy.
More in a future post.