Prompts for the Promptless – Ep. 3 – Schadenfreude
Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortune of others. An English expression with a similar meaning is a 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 “butchered 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 lions, tigers, or other carnivorous animal hunting deer, antelopes, or other lovely animals. Then enjoying 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.
Some people get pleasure from, pigeon fights, cockfights, and bullfights, and to me getting pleasure from boxing and wrestling is also indulging in the Schadenfreude act. there are several examples of this. Some people get pleasure in being cruel to others, terrorizing others, killing, raping, or other heinous crimes.
In communal riots, I have watched people killing, beating, and burning alive people of other communities and enjoying. It was so a devilish act.
Sometimes senior students in the name ragging do inhumane behavior with junior students and enjoy their activities.
Some people enjoy wealth earned by selling spurious milk, medicine, food items, etc. They enjoy while others suffer from their actions.
In every country, we can find some examples of the Schadenfreude Act.
wow what a powerful post Ma..loved the write up and your take on the subject
beautiful post and photos
Soma, what a beautiful comment. I’m overwhelmed. Never expected this.
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.
I forgot to write about races where children are tied to either camels or bulls for making them run faster. Inhuman act.
I felt the adrenaline rush. Exciting! Hope the animals were okay though. I do know that they can get badly hurt.
In such fights, animals get badly hurt but do cheerleaders care?
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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!
Thanks to you Rara, I’m afraid of writing and you made me write. Thanks for you blog.
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