Admit it: We often take one side in a controversy just to spite people on the other side
In more than a few blog posts I’ve written here over the past six years, I’ve had occasion to use the German word “schadenfreude,” which means taking pleasure in the misfortune of others.
Of course, I don’t take pleasure in anyone’s really tragic misfortunes — death or serious injury, for example. My kind of schadenfreude usually is restricted to cases of political or philosophical disappointments among certain people. So is your kind of schadenfreude, I dare say.
Most of us take pleasure in the disappointments suffered by the people with whom we disagree on one matter or another.
Consider, for ...