Charles Schultz said that “Happiness is a Warm Puppy”. I say that Euphoria is when an underdog becomes the top dog.
Why is it that the underdog is so beloved? David vs. Goliath, Joe Namath vs. the NFL, 1948 fledgling Israel vs. the Arab World?
I think the answer lies in one word: Justice. Nobody likes a bully. At one time, or another, everyone has felt some sort of injustice perpetrated on them where they felt vulnerable and defenseless.
When the tide is turned, and the victim snatches victory from the hand of defeat, we can rejoice in knowing that justice has prevailed. Eight million viewers can't be wrong.
Please note: This is not an indictment against United Airlines, as this event may have transpired with any large corporation. Likewise, I am sure that many people have had very pleasant experiences with this carrier. Myself included.