Shadenfreude: (noun) To delight in somebody else's misfortune. German origin Shaden harm + freude joy
It's wrong to delight in somebody else's misfortune - correct? As a freemason, I try to act in a just and rightful way, taking care to watch my actions and be nice to people. As I try to be a good person. I try.
But you know that feeling when you're watching movie when the bully finally gets his just rewards - that feeling of "I know I shouldn't be feeling good about the bully with his head down the toilet, but gee it feel really good that' he's got his come uppance."
Australian Politics has gone into a new realm. I like to think that the current Liberal National Coalition has turned Shadenfreude into a sport. Most of the nation find themselves on a daily basis with a bucket of popcorn sitting in front of the telly, smirking (and despairing) at the ineptitude of our current Federal Government.
Most of us are looking a bit like this:
Or just sitting on the couch waiting for the next cock up to occur. After the failed spill motion our "Dear Leader" as I will now refer to Mr Abbott told the country that "Good Government starts today."
Like what the fuck has he been doing for the last 16 months? Why didn't they start good government back then?
You can't make some of this stuff up - seriously.
The last sixteen months has been a clusterfuck of gaffes and backtracks. The suppository of all knowledge, calling Canada, Canadia (in Canada), only wheeling out the wife when he knows he's in trouble. The last straw was the knighting of Prince Philip.
At a barbeque in the Liberal heartland of Myponga, where they have the wet rag Jamie Briggs as their MP, the mood was angry - "He's got to go", "The Prime Minister is delusional - along with his cabinet" - these were the comments coming from life-long Liberal voters! And don't get the people of Myponga started on the hash they've made on the budget.
The news keeps getting worse. Our Dear Leader is hitting out at the Human Rights Commission for saying bad things about him - accusing them of being partisan. There was the reference to a "Holocaust of Jobs" being lost in Parliament today... from the mouth of our Dear Leader.
When is this going to end?
Mind you, as much as enjoying the feeling of shadenfreude I would prefer a good and balanced government instead. Really. I'm getting a bit tired of having this muppet lead our country. There is something rather embarrassing about our Dear Leader knocking the Dunning-Kruger scale off the charts. Never heard of the Dunning Kruger Effect.
Here's a description.
Dunning-Kruger Effect: "Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments."
Describes him in one.
Or in other words - our Dear Leader - Tony Abbott is like a post turtle. I've been saying this for two years.
These be interesting times in Australia.
Hopefully it won't be too long before this Post Turtle of a Prime Minister and his merry band of delusional henchmen are wiped from the political landscape.