Someone told me that in order for him to feel better at the bad turn of his life, he sometimes open up the newspaper to read news about the afflicted and the suffering, as consolation that his life isn't so bad after all. Why does this sound so wrong? And why does this sound so familiar? Don't we also do this to a certain degree, in smaller ways?
p/s Kansas Bob has something excellent to say about this. You can find it here.