Monday, January 02, 2006

Not Schadenfreude

I really take no pleasure at all at the plight of the folks in Northern California just now. Hell, that's where I come from, and nobody could be more sensitive to the tragedy of flood damage than the people who live where I do now. But when I saw this picture on the front page of the New York Times . . .

. . . can I be forgiven a slight feeling of something like relief at seeing a water related disaster photo that was not taken in Louisiana?

1 comment:

Mr. Clio said...

You're right; that's not schadenfreude. I know exactly the feeling you're talking about.

It's not that misery loves company. It's just that lonely misery is even worse than shared misery.