Tragedy is Too Easy

"You can take a short view and think that everything is a mess, that life is a cheat and a deceit, and of course you feel miserable. And I become very much amused by some of my colleagues, particularly in the study of literature, who say the pessimistic, the tragic view, is the only true key to life–which I think is just self-indulgent nonsense. It's very much easier to be tragic than is is to be comic. I have known people to embrace the tragic view of life, and it is a cop-out. They simply feel rotten about everything, and that is terribly easy. And if you try to see things a little more evenly, it's surprising what complexities of comedy and ambiguity and irony appear in it." Robertson Davies