as defined by Dictionary-dot-com
satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune.
Merriam Webster defines it thusly…
German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy
: enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others
And Wikipedia has this :
So no matter which way you look at it, the gist is taking pleasure (or in this case, having a laugh…) at another’s misfortune. Ever laughed at the Three Stooges? Schadenfreude. America’s Funniest Home Videos? Schadenfreude. And the American pinnacle of the Big S…? Jackass. If you have ever laughed at or enjoyed the antics of Knoxville and crew… yup. You’re as guilty of experiencing Schadenfreude as the rest of us.
So I am guilty of Schadenfreude if not on a daily basis, then at least a semi-daily one. Did I laugh at Lance getting a broken collarbone? Hell fucking yeah. I think he’s an egomaniac and possibly the most self-centered cyclist out there. Has he done a lot for raising cancer awareness? Fuck yeah he has. Does that make him less of a douche in my opinion? Nope. Has he done anything to promote cycling awareness among drivers? Not that I am aware of. (In reality, all it would take is a 30 second spot showing his achievements.. pulling away from Jan after getting tripped up by a wayward bag, and blowing the doors off…. just one example, mind you… with a voice-over. ” have won the hardest bike race in history seven times. Seven. I train on the road. The same roads you drive on. Share the road.” ) BAM. Simple and easy, not to mention it *might* raise awareness… doubtful, but maybe.
Do I think he deserved it? Dunno. Was he being a self-righteous prick in the peloton? Maybe, I wasn’t there. Point is, he got one, and I laughed about it.
please post your experiences with Schadenfreude in the comments. I’m sure there are some doozy’s out there.by