There are people that we love to hate. Sometimes we dislike those people so much that we also enjoy seeing them fail. Beyond this, it makes us angry when they succeed.
Consider the case of LeBron James, who America reviled for not winning a championship, and then despised for leaving his team for a championship, and then finally rooted against as he won a championship.
You non-sports types remember how we loved Jessica Simpson, rooted for her to get married, then found guilty pleasure in her divorce, and took secret delight in her obesity.
I don’t need to bring up Tom Cruise or John Mayer do I?
Most of us believe that we don’t judge people. I like to think that I’m especially open-minded; but the truth about all of us is revealed when we watch the news though, isn’t it?
How we respond, internally or externally, to the news of other people’s profit or misfortune reveals whether or not we really believe in, or want the best for, other people.
But what about those situations where we are actually setting people up for failure?