Schadenfreude is defined as satisfaction or pleasure felt at another’s misfortune, and is derived from the German “Schaden,” harm + “Freude,” joy, or simply a pleasurable absence of compassion. What brings this word into play is the fact that compassion is the normal human reaction to the misfortune of others, particularly to those in the same common social circumstances. Schadenfreude borders on hate and is divisive.
PatriotPost.com posted a little known quote by Thomas Jefferson, “If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely hold us in check.” “Breaking into squads” is in fact divisive, and America in its quest and boast for diversity, in the extreme, actually promotes Schadenfreude.
United States of America is extremely diversified to the extent that there is an absolute absence of cohesiveness to unite it as the name of the country signifies. Language, religion, customs, and history are the cohesion for most countries, but the US has evolved into none of that, or none of anything, except pure diversity. The US has four different time zones that are further divided into agricultural and manufacturing sectors, and by the differing cultures of the various State groupings across the country.
As far as mix and match are concerned, the US does not mix nor does it match very well as there is no longer an official language, Judeo-Christian beliefs in particular are disenfranchised and replaced by the religion of no religion, or anything but Christianity, and the asylum is being run by Liberal Inmates enabled by the have-nots that demand ever-more as they faithfully practice their Schadenfreude religion.
Super Typhoon Haiyan (YOLANDA) struck the Philippines on Nov. 7 and 8, flattening houses and towns, killing about 4,000 people, over 1,000 not accounted for, rendering 500,000 people homeless. Haiyan was a perfect storm in terms of sheer size, circular symmetry and tightness of its eye, with sustained winds of 160 MPH, and gusts up to 196 MPH. But the tsunami effect caused the worst damage.
The United States was quick to deliver aid but in a sense, that brings up the issue of Schadenfreude, or certainly lack of compassion. Some on the receiving end of welfare aid in America expressed disapproval of US aid to the devastated Philippines, arguing that many Americans needed more aid and felt that charity should begin at home.
Jealousy reared its ugly head, and compassion not shown for those who were tragically worse off than were recipients of American largesse. Noted was that complainers were comparatively well-off, having nice cars, cell phones, computers, food stamps, housing, and medical assistance. It is no longer the haves versus the have-nots, but splintered into the have-nots versus the worse off have-nots that are cutting into have-not territory. It is a situation of us against them with there being no end of the division and jealousy.
There is a story, true or not, but it goes to the point. St. Peter, wanting to help a friend that was confined to Hell, asked Jesus to grant escape for his friend. Jesus granted the request, but as the friend of Peter was being drawn up out of the depths, others tagged on so they too could escape, but the friend in the process of shaking off those tagging on, lost the grip and fell back into the abyss himself.
One thing always leads to another, and that was a mind-boggling complaint that prisoners in jails had the luxury of air conditioning while disadvantaged seniors in particular did without, to the detriment of their health and welfare. Where is there to go with this conundrum?
No sooner had Typhoon Haiyan passed and assistance mobilized for the Philippines, that on Nov. 17, the US itself suffered a multitude of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms that swept through parts of twelve States, killing six in Illinois and leveling neighborhoods.
Another favorite Obama and overused word of the day, is “bunch” and in the present, trouble comes in bunches. No sooner is HealthCare.gov the big problem, when it comes to the fact that the related ObamaCare parent itself is perhaps irresolvable, making moot the nonfunctional ObamaCare itself.
The solution to the HealthCare uninsured problem in fact creates more uninsured than was the original count it meant to fix. ObamaCare creates more problems than it solves, requiring still more fixes that will create still more new problems. But have no fear; Congress is adept at completely botching the simplest of problems with its 2500 page laws that in turn must be fixed, but never will be.
ObamaCare represents the seminal achievement of the Obama first term, but its implementation may be comparable to the builders of one of the most ancient Egyptian Period monuments. The Great Sphinx of Giza on the west bank of the Nile and its companion Great Pyramid were built as a tomb for the Pharaoh Khufu, and considered as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. History Channel posits that Egyptian kingdoms were virtually bankrupted as all available resources were used in the construction, leaving the monarchies with empty treasuries. Might that bankruptcy be the fate of ObamaCare and its sibling HealthCare.gov?
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