Do You Laugh At Other People's Misfortunes?

@wolfie34 (26791)
United Kingdom
December 21, 2006 6:15pm CST
If someone fell over would you laugh? If someone had an accident for example would you find it funny? Do you find it hard to keep a straight face if you see this?
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• United States
6 Jan 07
Well, Wolfie, it's funny you should ask this question as just last night I was having a similar conversation with a co-worker. Now, I have to admit to laughing my little hiney off more times than not when I see someone "fall down, go boom" as I've done it more than my fair share of times and have to laugh at myself when it happens as well. And let's face it, that kind of thing is just straight up funny as hell. I would expect someone to be snickering at me if I was the one taking a nose dive, so I certainly will do the same, providing that the person isn't hurt. The one instance of this sort of thing that I simply love because, in my eyes it's karma coming back to bite someone on the a!s, is when I'm driving in the snow, taking my time to be careful not to wreck a car that I can't afford to replace (my own). Then some guy in this huge SUV with 4 wheel drive comes plowing along and leaves me poking along, thinking that because he's got 4 wheel drive on his vehicle that he's incinvible. Meanwhile, I continue poking along, knowing that beneath this snow and mess is a layer of ice that can send my sliding head long into disaster. A few minutes later, as I'm getting closer to reaching my destination safely, I pass dumb sh!t in the ditch, standing next to his invicible SUV, scratching his head and cussing a blue streak with his cell phone in the other hand trying to rememeber is he's covered for tow trucks on his insurance. And have to admit that, yes, I do indulge in a little karmic giggle over this. I do wave a tad sarcastically as I continue on to my destination. Believe it or not, I was once driving over Donner Summit on my way back home from San Francisco one October evening. We had left under clear blue skies, only to come home in 2 plus feet of snow. This very thing happened no less than 4 times in that one drive over the mountains.
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
6 Jan 07
Yes karma does have a habit of sneaking up and biting you when you least expect it! Many thanks for your welcomed response.
• Janesville, Wisconsin
6 Jan 07
Only if they laugh at themselves, and submit it to funniest home videos.. :) ... If a person does not find humor in their own misfortune then I will not laugh at it unless I can help them to see humor in it humor and laughter helps heal from misfortunes. - DNatureofDTrain
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
6 Jan 07
Thank you for your response.
@konzen (272)
• Philippines
23 Dec 06
If they fell in a really funny way, it is not hard to laugh at them. But if they got seriously hurt how could you laugh at them.
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
28 Dec 06
True, my friend fell once and got covered in mud, I burst out laughing and it took ages for him to forgive me, I felt guilty but it was extremely funny at the time.
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@the_law (282)
• Sri Lanka
23 Dec 06
If i see someone fall or drop something then the first thought that goes through my mind is wondering if anyone is seriously hurt but once i find that everyone is okay then i struggle to keep a straight face, especially if it is a friend of mine or something then i just want to laugh at them... what a great friend i am hey :-)
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
28 Dec 06
Glad I'm not the only one, once my friend and I were walking across a playing field, and he slipped and fell over in the mud and I burst out laughing, he was NOT amused and I got the silent treatment, I bought him lunch as an apology but it took ages before he accepted my apology! I was lucky he did, I felt so guilty aftewards for laughing, but at the time it was really hilarious!
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• India
22 Dec 06
no i never laugh on them, but if they are fine they will have a laugh with them together so that they dont feel embraced. if they are not fine i will take them to treatment first with a smile.
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
7 Jan 07
Thanks for your response, appreciated.
• United States
22 Dec 06
Sadly, the answer is yes, I do laugh sometimes. My brother in law fell down our steps & ripped the railing right out of the wall on his way down. He even tore out my light switch. I couldn't help it. I laughed my rear off. He was just sitting (unhurt) at the bottom of the stairs looking REALLY confused!
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
22 Dec 06
Thanks for your honest opinion, I'm glad I'm not the only one out there!
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@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
22 Dec 06
No I always think how embarrassed I would be if it had been me. I must be honest though I do laugh when I see film clips on The Funniest Video's show on TV here.
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
22 Dec 06
The power of empathy, feeling what it would be like if you were the one who had the accident. Thanks for sharing!
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@brokentia (10395)
• United States
23 Dec 06
Actually, my first reaction is to ask the person if they are okay. Then if they are okay, I do burst out laughing. But, I must admit, there has been times I have had to struggle to not laugh or keep a straight face when asking the person if they are okay. LOL
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• India
22 Dec 06
fvcv - cv
definetely not in my case i would rather help him
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
22 Dec 06
No, I do not laugh at others' misfortunes, I do not think its funny. I think other people who do laugh, are desensitized to others' pain or feelings. Too bad...
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@Naomi17 (624)
1 Aug 07
i try not to but its very hard not to laugh especially if you know there not hurt just there pride. I have been there i was newly married and hubby took me out down to the harbour you had to jump some rocks to get to the place we wanted to go to i was alright going but on the way back i ended up waist deep in this stench lol hubby couldn't stop laughing i was so cross i pulled him in to lol and the car smelt for days
• Switzerland
31 Jul 07
It depends. If somebody gets hurt, then I do not laugh at it. But, if it is more of a prank, then, I would laugh.
@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
31 Jul 07
If you think about it about the only time humans do laugh out loud is over someone's misfortune. We laugh when somebody slips on a banana peel (Nice people might check to see if the tripper is alright first but they still laugh) but we don't laugh at happy momentous things like births and weddings and college graduations. We're very solemn at the important moments but laugh at the embarassing ones.
@dbhattji (2507)
• India
31 Jul 07
People usually laugh when someone slips on a banana peel or some such thing, even I sometimes do but only when I am very sure that the other persons are not hurt but just embarrassed by their accident.