19. Don’t seek others’ pain as the limbs of your own happiness.

This final first difficulty slogan points to another familiar habitual pattern: deriving pleasure from the mishaps and suffering of others. The German word schadenfreude (literally “too bad joy”) pithily reminds us of this conditioning. I want to remember that joy based on the misfortune of others is short-lived, bitter and ultimately baseless.

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Point VI | Slogan 38 || CTR 100 | PC 113