Schadenfreude: a despicable word

The fact it exists makes it more absurd

'Pleasure derived from the woes of another'

Is that how we humans treat each other?

Where went compassion and empathy?

Have our morals regressed to such a degree?

Concur I do with Mark Twain's analogue:

'The more I learn of people, the more I love my dog!

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Fred Nicholson

Fri 11th Oct 2019 19:40

Chrystel, having lived with dogs
exclusively for 20 plus years,
I agree whole heartedly.

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Martin Elder

Thu 3rd Oct 2019 19:35

I love the passion of this and have to agree with all that you say here. I think sadly there are so many people who are wrapped up in their own worlds , totally unaware of anybody else.
Well put
Nice one

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Chrystel Roberts

Thu 3rd Oct 2019 06:31

Thanks for your comments Adam and Don; glad to have saved you the trouble of Googling it Don!

Have a great day...

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Adam Rabinowitz

Thu 3rd Oct 2019 00:55

You write a great poem here. I have used the word before but perhaps incorrectly.

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Don Matthews

Wed 2nd Oct 2019 23:50

A well presented package Chrystel. You even saved me the trouble of Googling the title......

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keith jeffries

Wed 2nd Oct 2019 22:09


morals have sadly declined along with attitudes. I have two adorable dogs and have fallen out with most so called friends and family.

German words can sound unkind, simply by their guttural pronounciation. Who would have thought that Ausgezeichnet means excellent. Sounds more like a death sentence.

Thank you for this

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Chrystel Roberts

Wed 2nd Oct 2019 19:28

Hey Ruth,

Yeah, good old Mark Twain; I'm a great fan of his work...

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Ruth O'Reilly

Wed 2nd Oct 2019 18:30

I have a keyring with that quote "the more people I meet, the more I love my dog!" I didn't realise it was Mark Twain who originally said it.

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