While in the U.S., I had a few conversations with friends about Schadenfreude, the German — and English — word that describes a feeling of satisfaction in seeing an enemy (or, sometimes, even a friend) beset with adversity. Schadenfreude is literally "damages-pleasure" or "harm-joy." Pronounce it SHAH-den-FROY-duh.
I have several questions for the moral philosophers who read this blog (you know who you are):
(1) Is Schadenfreude a sin?
(2) If so, is it more sinful to feel pleasure in the downfall of enemies, or of friends?
(3) Can Schadenfreude be healthy?
(4) Is Schadenfreude really just a form of envy?