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On Schadenfreude (was: Re: Láadan )

From:Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>
Date:Monday, December 2, 2002, 20:41
Nik writes:

> > I don't understand what you don't understand (sorry). Surely one can >> feel just about any emotion (joy, anger, grief, contentment . . .) >> for either a good reason or for a bad reason. > >How can one feel content for a bad reason? That's what I don't >understand. I suppose "joy for a bad reason" would be like >Schadenfreud.
Don't watch a lot of soap operas, do we? Beyond Schadenfreude and revenge, there must be a gamut of similar emotions where the soap opera bitch diva raises a provocative eyebrow and smiles/sneers at the carnage she has wreaked. And why do maniacal villains chronically cackle at their criminally destructive exploits? Kou