While it is, at root, a base enthusiasm that finds pleasure in another’s misfortune, there can be no denying that, on rare occasion, Schadenfreude is a source of wondrous and sustainable joy. Such a Schadenfreude billows and glows. Its gusts buoy obnoxious geese on their migrations out of town. In its radiation a thousand flowers find nourishment.
When such a Schadenfreude takes hold of you, feel no shame and uncertainty, Enthusiast! Scoff freely! Do a little dance! Make a little love! Let yourself be a conduit for it!