Reflections of a Broken Man

On The Tragedy of Humanity – Part 2: Tragic Figures by StephenMac
July 8, 2009, 7:30 pm
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**Currently listening to Zombie – The Cranberries. Have moved on to a random playlist until I get something new…**

In the words of MPJ: For all their created nobility, human beings are tragic figures, impaled on their own pride.

One of the few things I remember from high school English was that Shakespeare had plays that were comedies, and others that were tragedies. I thought these funny terms, especially when the comedies weren’t funny. It was later explained to me that what it meant was a comedy had a happy ending, a tragedy did not. We looked at Hamlet, and this became all the more apparent as character after character would leave the stage, never to return.

What makes humans “tragic figures” is that in contrast to our intended nobility at creation, our present condition is less than noble. And as the play progresses, we all exit, never to make it back on stage. The story of humanity is a tragedy.

**Song change: We are Broken – Paramore**

I think this song sums up our tragic situation well:

Cause we are broken
What must we do to restore
Our innocence
And oh, the promise we adored
Give us life again cause we just wanna be whole

Our sinfulness mars our nobility, and everything is messed up as a result. We are broken, and it’s our own fault.

The tragedy of humanity is still apparent today: we need only look at the death and brokenness around us to understand it’s reality. But we know this shouldn’t be, and our hope lies in the renewal of all things.


*Did I just make the naturalistic fallacy by moving from is to ought?


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