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Laughing at others' misfortune

I'm sitting here on a train at Zurich HB and just watched a guy run from the arriving train to this train to try to get on......and we're just locked down and leaving. He's missed the change.

I've had a little giggle about it. Is that wrong?




Would you consider it less wrong if I've done the very same thing myself?


Yes, I waved goodbye to him
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Old 25.02.2010, 19:16
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Re: Laughing at others' misfortune

yes. very wrong!
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Old 25.02.2010, 19:24
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Re: Laughing at others' misfortune

Walking to my tram stop the other day I saw a guy walk distractedly out of Migros and directly into a post. Burst out laughing and had to mask it as a coughing fit...

felt a >little< bad but hey he was ok.
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Old 25.02.2010, 19:33
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Re: Laughing at others' misfortune

It is what the German's call Schadenfreude and here is a definition: Perhaps the greatest word in any language, Schadenfreude has become the defining emotion of the 20th Century. From the German, Schaden (damage), and Freude (joy), it means the enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others. It is the easiest, and often the most fulfilling, enjoyment available. And this is me again - and often the longest and loudest laughs.
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Re: Laughing at others' misfortune

that's because you did not recently bang your head outside Migros nor miss the train at the station
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that's because you did not recently bang your head outside Migros nor miss the train at the station
Indeed, but if that were the case then someone else would be wetting themselves.
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I'm sitting here on a train at Zurich HB and just watched a guy run from the arriving train to this train to try to get on......and we're just locked down and leaving. He's missed the change.

I've had a little giggle about it. Is that wrong?







Yes, I waved goodbye to him
Absolute Wrong

You should laugh out loud
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I'm sitting here on a train at Zurich HB and just watched a guy run from the arriving train to this train to try to get on......and we're just locked down and leaving. He's missed the change.

I've had a little giggle about it. Is that wrong?




Would you consider it less wrong if I've done the very same thing myself?


Yes, I waved goodbye to him
"Schadenfreude", one of the less attractive traits of mankind.
I believe we all have this trait, whether we realise it or not.
I like to think I wouldn't laugh if I saw you Mr Boxman, in the same situation. But then again, I can't guarantie that I wouldn't.
I do know that when someone hurts themselves (unless it's serious, mind), I very likely will laugh, shame on me, just can't help it.
I know I have also had to laugh at myself in similar situations, looking at it from a birds eye view, so wouldn't blame anyone else for doing so.
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I'm sitting here on a train at Zurich HB and just watched a guy run from the arriving train to this train to try to get on......and we're just locked down and leaving. He's missed the change.

I've had a little giggle about it. Is that wrong?




Would you consider it less wrong if I've done the very same thing myself?


Yes, I waved goodbye to him
That's perfectly alright - since we don't have public executions any more to cheer us up.
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Re: Laughing at others' misfortune

I am always laughing at others misfortune- I am a wicked person I know. Yesterday my daughter caught me laughing after she fell off her scooter in a most spectacular non painful way. It was funny. I have always been this way and no doubt will pay for it in the future.
My mum always says " You would laugh if my bottom caught on fire" - well yes mum I would be on the floor laughing - sorry

caz who hopes that people also laugh at her misfortunes (I regularly walked into lampposts as a child - too busy talking and not looking where I was going)
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Re: Laughing at others' misfortune

You can laugh guilt-free if someone deserves it. e.g.

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