Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.
Share a picture of something that represents Schadenfreude to you
List your 5 Favorite examples of Schadenfreude in entertainment (film, comedy, theatre, literature)
Consider, develop, or discuss the role of Schadenfreude in human understanding
Recount a story about Schadenfreude in your own life
… or make up your own prompt related to the theme!
So, I was really struggling with this prompt, desperately looking around for a toe-hold on something so alien to my nature (we shall come back to that.)
Option 1 might be possible, #2 not so – I have no “favourite” examples, #3 a bit highbrow for these pages, #4 couldn’t think of anything, and #5 sent my mind blank
It would be a complete cop out to take the alternative option (Mudita) so what was I left with – a rant about slapstick comedy?
A seat on my high moral horse, with me pontificating about how dreadful it is to take pleasure in another’s pain…and how I would never, ever do that?
I looked back at the first option and remembered theatre masks the sad and the happy mask, seem to me an ideal representation of our topic for today. Off I Googled…
All the world’s a stage…
“I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano;
A stage where every man must play a part,
And mine a sad one.”
(The Merchant of Venice, Act I, Scene I)
While I was Googling for Theatre Masks, I got to thinking about that optical illusion – the face that looks happy one way up and sad when turned the other way, you know? Well my search terms must have been all wrong because I could not find an example – but I did find this:
(find out more about Peter Thompson’s “Thatcher Efffect”)
and I was reminded of how wonderful it was to see this:
and what a deep joy and great relief it was to see the evil old bitch go.
So, I am capable of Schadenfreude after all. Perhaps we all are – and some of us are just waiting the opportunity to dance on a grave.
Shall we now discuss Cognitive Dissonance?