According to Wikipedia, the word derives from Schaden (adversity, harm) and Freude (joy). Deriving pleasure from the misfortunes of others.
I’m sure we’ve all felt in on occasion. Although we may never admit it.
You may have felt it when I imploded during the Boston Marathon. Although you may never admit it.
It’s okay. Schadenfreude happens.
Author’s Note. I did not steal this blog idea/video link from Angry Runner. Honest. I wrote this post shortly after Boston, but left it in my draft folder. I wanted to wait until a couple of weeks passed so it didn’t seem bitter. Now it just seems plagiarized.
Title: Avenue Q Soundtrack – Schadenfreude. 2003.