Yugo: let cows die

Bryan A. Alexander bnalexan at umich.edu
Mon Sep 18 06:52:49 MDT 1995

Well, "God willing, let the neighbor's cow die" (and, i suspect, this
comes more from a choice: "God, please let the *neighbor's* cow die") is
(part* of peasant ideology...
	What's the German - schadenfreude?

Bryan Alexander
Department of English
University of Michigan

On Mon, 18 Sep 1995, Chris Burford wrote:

> The moderator of the zamir.chat conference, a Croat dissenter
> temporarily resident in New York has just posted this comment
> following another subscriber's remark
> >>>>>
> Of course the best thing would be if ALL the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina
> could somehow start thinking about each other's unhappiness and pain and
> forget about some of their crazy leaders.
> <<<<<<
> oh, they do think about each other's unhappiness and pain. They
> think about that a lot. Most of their time actually they spend
> thinking about that and deriving immense pleasure from their thoughts.
> Perhaps, thinking how to increase each other's unhapiness and pain even more.
> We have a saying about that: "God permits, let neighbour's cow die."
> In other words, it is not as important how bad I am if you are worse.
> This very interesting eerie counterproductive twist of human morality
> plagues the entire East for some reason that I am still trying to
> grasp.
> Chris B:
> --------
> The English translation sounds a bit funny. Would it be more
> 	"God permit, let neighbour's cow die"
> but this is the clearest example of peasant ideology, is it not?
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