Schadenfreude

07 Jul 2014 | the stand

Titus Lucretius Carus:

It is pleasant to watch from the land the great struggle of someone else in a sea rendered great by turbulent winds.

Martin Niemöller:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Sam Biddle:

But in 2014 context means basically nil, anyway. Every time I say something online, there’s a significant chance it will either be interpreted by committee on Twitter, or stumbled over by post-lobotomy brand managers.

And the days come when we no longer feel.


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