This strikes me as the primary reason why people engage in public shaming. I’ve always refrained from doing that sort of thing because it seems to me that if you respect someone, you’ll at least have the courtesy to talk to them in private. You won’t go out of your way to try and humiliate them or make them feel especially awful about themselves in front of other people. There are exceptions to everything, of course, but generally speaking, I think people who engage in shaming are doing it more for their own pleasure than anything else, though they’d almost certainly never admit it.
Anyways, good post, Joren! I couldn’t agree with you more about just staying focused on improving yourself and tuning out the negativity.