Schadenfreude, from the German words schaden and freude, damage and joy. It means to take spiteful malicious delight in the misfortune of others.
We used to dismiss this as simply an ugly side of human nature, but it is much, much more than that.
A Stanford Professor actually captured schadenfreude on a brain scan. It is a physiological medical phenomena. When we see others fall, it sometimes causes a chemical to be released in the dorsal striatum of the brain which actually causes us to feel pleasure.
If you know me, you would see the undeniable delicious joy of some people and the public over my challenges.
There are many people who want to see me fall, I am an award winning journalist, I have a wonderful family and they think I am cold, materialistic, hate Muslims and unlikable.
It might bring people pleasure to see me fall, but as for knowing who I really am, to establish that I have no feelings and I don’t care about anyone or anything beyond all reasonable doubt, it is just not there.
The only possible motive for peoples spiteful, malicious and delight in my challenges is schadenfreude.
In a tweet, renowned Islamic scholar Mufti Ismail Menk said: “Don’t kick someone when he’s already down. You wouldn’t want that done to you. Be kind; motivate, a pat on the back, a positive word can go a long way. Be the rainbow in someone’s darkest clouds.”