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Sunday, June 16, 2013

The tragedy of life

I would like to get reactions to the following quote by Jean Renoir: 

The tragedy of life is that everyone has his reasons.


  1. Succinctly stated leaving no space for discussion of the “why”. I like it.


  2. I certainly agree that everyone has his reasons, but that seems to me to be a treasure, not tragedy,of life.

    1. Point taken in the name of diverse reasons resulting in diverse actions or beliefs or results, which is arguably a good thing, sometimes, maybe. Still there is more to Renoir’s statement than I can’t quite bring into focus. The analogy that comes to mind is that of sexual reproduction which, with its diverse DNA (reasons), produces diverse results. People turn out tall, short, ugly, pretty, smart, retarded, personable, abrasive, web toed, hairy, handicapped, strong, etc. Yet, sexual reproduction is obviously a successful survival strategy.

      Perhaps, everyone having their own reasons is a successful survival strategy as well. Granted it would certainly be a dull place (not to mention less inventive) if not for varied reasons. Marx thought capitalism with its various “reasons” was wasteful and inefficient, which I think is true, but it just works better that communism with state sponsored “reasons”.

      If we can tolerate the concept that Greek tragedy is pleasurable can we also have tragic treasures?