The merriam-webster dictionary defines Schadenfreude as a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people.
A Rant and Financial Schadenfreude
Back in June I mentioned that I have watched a Schadenfreude inducing episode unfold in front of my eyes. A couple I know is on the fast track to financial disaster and to be honest it could not happen to a
nicer bigger bunch of arrogant, know it all *@#$%&!!! I believe that in 24-36 months they will be bankrupt. They will not be struggling or stretched or negotiating consolidation loans but completely insolvent.
Why? This is happening in a grand show of one-upmanship, keeping up with the Jones and perpetuating an illusion. Their ultimate financial collapse will not be the result of hardship or misfortune or bad luck but will be of their own making.
I understand that people experience financial calamities due to forces outside their control – job loss, illness, death in family, fraud – and I empathize with those situations but this is different.
Why do I care?
Good question. Besides the fact that I am forced to interact with these people due to obligation, it is difficult to watch people having a smashing time, enjoying everything life has to offer, buy now and pay later. Meanwhile, here I sit counting my pennies (something they sneer at by the way), saving for a rainy day and honoring my commitments.
I fear that they will simply walk away. Yep, throw up their hands and say, “Oops! My bad.” They will get the keep the designer sunglasses and airline ticket stubs and not pay for it. Who will pay for it? You will pay for it and I will pay for it, that’s who. It is not exactly fair.
So, when the great financial cataclysm will it be a case of Schadenfreude? Will I be happy or amused and saying, “I told you so.”
I hope not but to be honest I am not sure if I am above it.
Thank you for reading. I will try to remember to post an update once the train derails.
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