I was speaking of emotional states in general, not emotional states caused by evil things. So perhaps I should have used a different example to demonstrate the vast continuum, such as:
"Sexier than Janet Reno's butt, but less sexy than George Michael's butt".
"Wealthier than me, but less wealthy than Bill Gates."
"Funnier than dead children, less funny than The Onion."
Apologies if my crypticism was misunderstood as a thinly veiled accusation. Cuz it wasn't.