Sunday, September 14, 2008

polarities

pity = (−i, −u)
(i feel bad for u)
mourn with those who mourn1

envy = (−i, +u)
(i wish i were u)
but ... envy slays the simple2   

mudita = (+i, +u)
(i am glad for u)
rejoice with those who rejoice1

schadenfreude = (+i, −u)
(i'm glad i'm not u)
but ... whoever gloats over calamity    
   will not go unpunished
3


like earth's magnetics
polarity shift happens
and life recycles


... pity ... envy ... mudita ... schadenfreude ...




  For
  #43: rubberneckers


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1. Romans 12:15     2. Job 5:2     3. Proverbs 17:5