Three pleasures that separate me from my better nature:
- Pleasure at another’s fear
- Pleasure at another’s anger
- Pleasure at another’s pain
Is it presumptuous of me to say that ‘we’ can feel pleasure at another’s pain? Surely we’re past that. And yet, there’s a built-in mechanism that can lead to this dysfunction. When others are suffering, we may feel sympathy for them, but we may also feel a quiet, private relief that we’re ‘past’ that particular painful moment, that we ‘know better now’. We’re rewarding ourselves for being better; we’re secretly pleased with ourselves. It’s a natural pleasure, but it’s also a symptom of potential dysfunction. When we feel that separation of ‘us’ versus ‘them’, we’re actually feeling our potential disconnection from our higher power.
Everything is connected. The Divine is everywhere, but that connection is, for us, voluntary.