Watching people fall

I’ve often said that in America, we worship success and curse the successful.

Now it appears there are some underlying sociological and psychological principles at work which underlie my unscientific observation.

According to a quirky story the other night on 20-20, there is research showing that we put “good looking” people on a pedestal. This apparently is all on the subconcious level.

But just let those beautiful people get comfortable on that pedestal and we love to watch them fall off, according to a story on why so many of us seem these days to be experiencing schadenfreude.