Tragic Sense of Life

Miguel de Unamuno, Tragic Sense of Life: We humans are creatures of thought, but also of ‘flesh and bone.’ That reason and feeling are at odds is the ‘tragic sense of life.’ We cannot help but want to live forever. Our reason, however, assures us that both body and mind will assuredly return to ‘nothingness.’ Reflecting on this inescapable human situation is like a disease. Yet, Unamuno reminds us, illness is often the spark to live more intensely despite our own rational skepticism. [recommended by Stephen F Haller, Wilfrid Laurier University]

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