CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #353I have long believed that we as human beings are genetically inclined to elevate and worship those of us we deem to be very beautiful or very talented. We do this because we are somehow comforted by our adoration. It makes us feel good. As children we sleep beneath the images of movie, TV, music and sports stars and dream about the mystery and grandeur of their lives. As adults, the posters come off the wall, only to be replaced by a steady, noxious stream of tabloid culture. But perhaps most enjoyable of all is watching the fall from grace. Nothing beats a good ol' public crucifixion. Especially when it's self-inflicted. My theory for why this is considered entertainment is, again, a genetic one. DNA, even if it's mediocre, wants to ensure its own survival. The existence of superior DNA is viewed as a threat. When beautiful and talented people screw up, we can't help but feel that this somehow improves the chances for our mediocre descendants to eat meat. In other words, evolution my ass.
I don't know if I could have said that better myself. We could all banter the merits of whether or not this is actually true, do we really take pleasure is other people's downfall? But, we all know that sometimes, we do. It's wrong and it's mean and it happens. The Germans have a word for this: schadenfreude - enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others. Chuck could have just said this word and summed it all up, but then again, there is something eloquent about his final line, "we can't help but feel that this somehow improves the chances for our mediocre descendants to eat meat. In other words, evolution my ass."