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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 98 | volume XVII | September-October, 2014



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Blesok no. 98September-October, 2014
Essays

On Humor

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Luigi Pirandello

Comedy and its opposite lie in the same disposition of feeling, and they are inside the process which results from it. In its abnormality, this disposition is bitterly comical, the condition of a man who is always out of tune; of a man who is at the same time violin and bass: of a man for whom no thought can come to mind unless suddenly another one, its opposite and contrary. intervenes; of a man for whom any one reason for saying yes is at once joined by two or three others compelling him to say no. so that yes and no keep him suspended and perplexed for all his life; of a man who cannot let himself go in a feeling without suddenly realizing something inside which disturbs him, disarranges him, makes him angry.
    It is a special psychic phenomenon, and it is absolutely arbitrary to attribute to it any determining cause. It may be the result of a bitter experience with life and man-an experience that doesn’t allow one the naive feeling of putting on wings and flying like a lark chirping in the sunshine: it pulls at the tail when one is ready to fly, on the other hand, it leads to the thought that man’s sadness is often caused by life's sadness, by evils so numerous that not everyone knows how to take them. It leads to the reflection that life, though it has not ordained a clear end for human reason, does not require me to wander in the dark, a reflection that is peculiar and illusive for each man, large or small. It is not important, though, since it is not, nor may it be, the real ends which all eagerly try to find and which nobody finds-maybe because it does not exist. The important thing is to give importance to something, vain as it might be. It will be valued as much as something serious, and in the end neither will give satisfaction, because it is true that the ardent thirst for knowledge will always last, the faculty of wishing will never be extinguished-though it cannot be said that man's happiness consists in his progress.
    All the soul's fiction: and the creations of feeling are subjects for humor; we will see reflection becoming a little devil which disassembles the machine of each image, of each fantasy created by feeling; it will take it apart






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