We’re From the Government—and We’re Here to Help the Workers!

"Is schadenfreude, the phenomenon of happiness felt at others’ misery, ok? How can one have happy thoughts at another’s misery? And yet I am made in the image of God. You know, the God who, concerning nations, peoples, and kings who plot against him and his anointed, doesn’t suppress what seems to be more than a chuckle. “He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision” (Psalm 2:4). He’s likely not laughing about their winning hand.

Today’s rules supposedly hold that, with regard to laughs, we are always supposed to “punch up” and not “down.” Considering that God, who is omnipotent and above all, can only punch down, and that the people who announce these rules never really follow them anyway, I’ve concluded that a bit of schadenfreude directed at those who act in evil ways is not so bad. The same would go for those who act foolishly out of pride at their pretended knowledge of what’s good for everybody else."