|Pages/Publication Date:||336 / 2019|
Tragedy presents a world of conflict and troubling emotion, a realm where private and public lives collide and collapse and morality is ambiguous. The ancient Greeks hold up a mirror in which we see all the desolation and delusion of our lives, but also the terrifying beauty and intensity of existence. The editor of the philosophy column "The Stone" in the New York Times, Robert Critchley suggests that tragedy, in its harsh and unforgiving glare, allows us to glimpse the burning core of our aliveness. If we allow ourselves to look closely at it, he posits, we might see the meaning of life more clearly.