Growing on Waverly Lane
Shame, disgrace, financial ruin, ill health and death should never be considered as deserved; neither should the smugly righteous be congratulating themselves that they avoided such fate. The Germans have a term for this, "schadenfreude," which means "your misfortune is my enjoyment." That is the root of gossip, the passing on of damning tales of others' misbehavior or misfortune. The teller feels somehow comforted in his moral superiority.
Growing Wild on Waverly Lane
Queen Anne's Lace
I always feel somewhat sad upon having to hear these tales. As John Donne wrote, "...each man's death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind..." I include grief or misfortune along with "death." I guess, as the TV talk righties would say, I'm just a pinhead. So may it ever be (amen).
Our Front Field of Wild Flowers on Waverly Lane