Covid schadenfreude

Schadenfreude is wrong but I am finding it difficult to fight the emotion when I receive news about anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers, and other COVID denialists suffering and dying from the disease.

To be clear, I do not want anybody to suffer and die from this or any other reason. I want people to take the vaccine, wear masks and social distance when appropriate, and live long healthy and happy lives.

But if people sneer at precautions and wantonly jeopardize themselves and others—when I hear about those people getting seriously ill, my reaction is “fuck ‘em.”

How much sympathy do you have if an arsonist dies in a fire they set themselves? Yes, every life is sacred, and all suffering is tragic, but….

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