A couple of months back I watched a Woody Allen movie called “Melinda & Melinda”. Even though the movie as a whole was not very admirable (Woody Allen has definitely made far more exciting and interesting movies than this) one thing that strikes is the concept of the movie.
The movie begins with a scene at a coffee shop where four writer friends are having a debate - is life naturally comic or tragic? Of them, two think that life needs to be dealt in a serious manner with full of emotions and sentiments and mostly ends in tragedies. On the other hand the other two think differently and they see life as an entertainment, perhaps a comedy which commands us to react in a lighter manner. So they begin to frame a story; story of a lady called Melinda. Her story takes two different directions based on the writers – one tragic and the other comic. The movie ends with a note that whether comic or tragic it’s our perspective towards life which influences what it is.
Well I do not think life can be only tragic or only comic, because one cannot take life lightly always or neither can he take it seriously. There are situations that make us happy, laugh or excited but at the same time some make us sad, cry or depressed. So life needs to be a balance of both. When you are depressed you must make sure you cheer up your mind by approaching at situations lightly and when you are too carefree you may want to slow down and give life a little serious thought. If one is to always believe that life is fun perhaps shall be the one most depressed when grief strikes and if one is to accept that life needs to be dealt with lot of seriousness then he may miss out so many moments of fun that comes out of trivial things.
In spite of understanding this equilibrium we tend to force ourselves to the comic side and we secretly hope that life has to be comic always; perhaps this expectation itself is what makes us frequently disappointed.
So what do you think – Is life naturally comic :-) or tragic :-(?