We Love to Build Them Up, and We Love to Knock ‘Em Down: A Historical Perspective

There is a word for the glee we take in the downfall of people who we envyschadenfreude

“Cleopatra,” painting by Edward Mason Eggleston; Wiki Commons

In thinking about the pile-on that happened to Simone Biles when she withdrew from the team Olympic competition, I was curious about it from a historical perspective. Sure, I’ve…




There are thousands of years of human history and tens of thousands of stories to be told. This publication seeks to make a dent in them.

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