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Evil Joy

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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?


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The writer is 67 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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