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Prompts for the Promptless – Ep. 3 – Schadenfreude

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Prompts for the Promptless – Ep. 3 – Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortune of others. An English expression with a similar meaning is Roman holiday, a metaphor from the poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage by George Gordon, Lord Byron, where a gladiator in Ancient Rome expects to be “butcher’d to make a Roman holiday” while the audience would take pleasure from watching his suffering

( opposite word- mudita, “sympathetic joy” or “happiness in another’s good fortune,” is cited as an example of the opposite of schadenfreude.)

Whenever I watch DISCOVERY CHANNEL or National Geography Channel and come across films on lion, tiger or other carnivorous animal hunting deers, antelopes or other lovely animals . Then enjoying while watching these films seems to me as if I’m a Schadenfreude. Or , when we pluck flowers to decorate our homes aren’t we getting pleasure from their pain.

There are people who get pleasure from, pigeon fight, cock fight, bull fight and to me getting pleasure from boxing and wrestling is also indulging in Schadenfreude act. . there are several examples of this. Some people get pleasure in being cruel to others , by terrorizing others, by killing, rape or other heinous crimes.

In communal riots , I have watched people killing, beating and burning alive people og other community and enjoying. It was so devilish act.

Sometimes senior students in the name of ragging do inhumane behavior with junior students and enjoy their act.

Some people enjoy wealth earned by selling spurious milk, medicine, food items etc. They enjoy while others suffer from their act.

In every country we can find some example of Schadenfreude act.





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I knew all along that life is about, love, compassion, compatibility and friendship, but now I have discovered that life is also about sharing thought, encouraging others and getting encouraged. So here I am with my blogs about life, friendship, love, and whatever life has taught me.

15 responses »

  1. wow what a powerful post Ma..loved the write up and your take on the subject
    beautiful post and photos


  2. I enjoy violence, HOWEVER, only when it is fiction – made up on film or in writing.
    The real experience usually leaves me empty and upset.


  3. I felt the adrenaline rush. Exciting! Hope the animals were okay though. I do know that they can get badly hurt.


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  7. You’re right, Indira– it’s so easy to take schadenfreude from something as silly as laughing when the 3 stooges hit each other… to something where living things are actually being injured. Thanks for your thoughtful take, and thank you for participating in Prompts for the Promptless!


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