It’s human nature to enjoy it when those who have wronged us get what’s coming to them. As a kid, it was fun gloating when your brother or sister got into trouble for annoying you.

And particularly in Australia it extends to sporting teams: I still enjoy watching anytime the Canterbury Bulldogs get beaten, because I still haven’t forgiven them for their 1 point win over the St. George Dragons in the 1985 Grand Final.

In fact, in families, sport, and international politics, the rivalry gets more intense with those who live close by: brother v sister, St. George v Canterbury, Australia v New Zealand, Israel v Edom…

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