Our teacher asked us once: “why do we usually laugh heartily when someone stumbles and falls to the ground?” .
“Because such scenes are funny.” Most of us answered.
“No, this is not the real reason” the teacher replied. “The scene might be more tragic than funny, still we laugh”. “Other people’s misfortunes trigger a spontaneous reaction (which is laughing here) that springs from a deep feeling of being glad and grateful for not being the ones who underwent these misfortunes.”
When I come to think about it, I realize that no matter how awful bad news (disasters, wars, miseries and the like) make us feel, they still have some positive impact on us. People's misfortunes serve as a reminder to count our blessings and to always be thankful… a reminder that no matter how terrible we might feel and how bad the conditions we live in might be, there are still people out there who feel way much worse and those who are living in appalling conditions that are beyond our ability to endure. So, among all the mixed feelings of melancholy, horror, disappointment, and despair that bad events rouse in us, there is a feeling of satisfaction that somehow makes us feel better.
It's like: الي بشوف مصيبة غيره بتهون عليه مصيبته
How often do we hear remarks like: " and I think that I am fat! Look at that woman!" , "I shouldn't have been complaining, I'm living in heaven compared to him.", "my husband is an angel compared to hers."
It's weird how we only appreciate the blessings that we have only when we see other people's miseries. We try to put an end to our greed and feel contented only when we see other people suffer. Always be thankful people.