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Logic   avoids   some people

A   statement by a smart teenager

  I am concerned. One very   dear   person   told me that the best way to address such a concern is to write about it. I am concerned about the evil joy. I see more and more of it.

Evil joy is defined in the short story by a Russian writer     Constantive   Paustovsky. He tells about a man who   was in a hurry to board a steamer but got delayed and the steamer set sail   without him. He was very upset    and    paid several people on the shore to shout at the top of their lungs   for the ship to turn back. But   the   ship got further and further. Suddenly a storm blew in and the ship drowned   right   in front of them. The man laughed hysterically, started for the bar and drank through the night. In the morning he collapsed. When the police   questioned     the patrons how he died, one elderly fisherman   replied, " He died from the evil joy."

Evil joy is   a very deep emotion which we are very ashamed of. It is the feeling of weird happiness at the misfortune of the others, even those whom you don't know. It is a pure human   quality   and it   exists in every person no matter how vehemently   people deny it. The   specifics   of it   is that   unlike other emotions it is always bad, always evil. Nothing good comes from it ever.    It is also   totally   consuming.   If it consumes a person that person   still   has a chance if he or she understands the problem and controls it. But if it consumes a nation we   are up for   a disaster. It is because evil joy is the happiness of a coward.

One of the most striking cases of the national evil joy we all experienced fairly recently. Osama Bin Ladin was pronounced killed and   the country   erupted in   celebration. Sadness was not allowed. Our media howled and   went   out for   a manhunt   to find those who   were not joyful. Poor Hillary   had to apologize for the most natural gesture-   covering her mouth in horror   while being forced to watch the violent death.   Think about it, people; she apologized for not enjoying the murder It was a peer pressure; like a bunch   of stupid teenagers watching a horror flick and teasing their friend who gets upset at gore and violence. Only here it is all real.   And it is scary.

How did we benefit from that event?   Any changes in our war plans?   How about the way   we are checked in the airports- did that become   less humiliating? Had    we achieved a major victory in the war on terror? Apparently not because     just   recently     Taliban shot down in an orchestrated attack   the helicopter full of   Navy Seals, those who took part in that operation. Nothing, absolutely nothing came out of that event and   the emotion we all exhibited was evil joy; as if Satan himself   wrote a scenario.   Watch   your   heads, folks; every time   you experience EJ   horns pop out   on both sides.

They pop up big time   right   now.   Tripoli is under   attack, the rebels are advancing, ho-ho-h0, we   all are rejoicing on the freedom   march. Forty   years of the bloody dictatorship are over, our President   firmly leads the effort from his HQ in Martha's Vineyard and it is so joyful, we can't stop.   We chew on it, we discuss   the possible consequences from prices of oil to the   way Khaddafy should be treated. We feel   so in charge, so self- righteous. Caught my drift?

Rub your horns.   Somewhere   far away in Africa there is a turmoil. None of us know much about    the country or its society,    Even less we know about the   ideology   of all the sides in the conflict. Our primary source is our media and our pundits but   haven't they disgraced themselves before on numerous occasions?   One of   the   most ominous features of those creatures is   their capability to ignore anything good if it comes from   any place    they label as bad.   Like what good came from the Soviet Union, for instance? I mean something    we can learn from? Nothing, according   to the media. Even their space achievements were labeled as "desperate efforts.'   Nothing good came from Chile and Yugoslavia, Venezuela and   Iran, Libya and   Syria. Nothing good comes from Byelorussia, ruled by   the   Hillary-defined " worst dictatorship in Europe'. If nothing good comes our of those   places     we surely have a right to rejoice if they screw up, right?

I was always wondering why don't   we     rejoice   about natural    disasters, say in China?   Logic dictates that   we should celebrate floods   earthquakes and draught.   We should raise our flags and dance on the streets when we hear of   the dead,   the maimed and burned alive. There is no difference for the evil joy.   Our media loves it. They are ready to entertain   and   present us with the   scenes of the happy people with guns shooting in the air   and shouting greetings to America.   How about piles of corpses, dead children and burning houses?   That's small potatoes for the evil joy   of     freedom, isn't   it?

People may confront me with a statement that   there   should be some ways to celebrate   the real thing without the evil joy, something proper in happiness.   There should be   a definite criteria for this, the one which offers a positive experience.   I would say yes, there is one.   It is   the sense of an honest effort.

Evil joy is based   on dishonesty. There is always something fishy, something weird, something grotesque   about   the event   which triggers that feeling.  Analyze it,     be honest with   yourself and     then you   will see that   in all   those cases I described as well as in the   numerous others     horns grew up   only on the heads of those who wanted it to happen. That's   the   key- evil joy was   there before the chance came up   to exhibit   it; it was there all along.

Honest effort   manifests     itself   in the   feelings   of   empathy, warmth and self- restraint. Appreciation comes first and only after it - celebration. In 1945 amid   the news about   the   defeat of the Nazi Germany how many   people of that time    celebrated     Hitler's suicide? I   bet   no one. That joy was pure; who cared about   the maniac? People celebrated life, not death.

  I am concerned. Evil joy fills our   air and poisons everyone. It is contagious. Please, people, do not succumb to it. No matter how   seductive       it seems, do not   celebrate   death in any form. Mourn. Get sad.   Seek the honest effort. And if I wasn't an atheist I would say that Satan then   wouldn't   be able to take your soul. Remember, in the Old Testament Lord Himself reprimanded angels when they wanted to sing a song of joy witnessing the drowning of the Egyptian Army.

 

The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.


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I  am not here to spoil the good feelings of ... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 9:13:00 PM
Our varying experiences, as we each travel through... by Ned Lud on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 10:52:45 AM
This is one of your very best writings.....true...... by mikel paul on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 12:50:04 PM
I would compare what is happening today with the t... by Peter Duveen on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 1:19:07 PM
' When our word meets at least one  cordial r... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 5:44:24 PM
Great article. I was disgusted at our posting Huss... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 6:50:28 PM
I was disgraced too.... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 7:30:19 PM
Ok,let me be the one to rain on the parade.I total... by Tony Duncan on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 8:10:39 PM
if I hadn't seen it in other places and other soci... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 8:29:32 PM
Well, that IS the important thing.I would say that... by Tony Duncan on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 8:53:54 PM
i certainly enjoyed your comments and FWIW, thank ... by mikel paul on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 10:39:13 PM
I am happy that my piece provoked such deep revela... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 at 7:32:53 AM