Tragedy, to me is having something unexpected, and horrible happen to you. It is something that harms you or a loved one that you can't control. Examples of what I personally believe to be tragic are; a terrible car accident, an unexpected family emergency, or cancer. These are a few things that I consider to be tragic. Tragedies are things that you can not control. Either during the event or the outcome of it. It isn't something that people want to have happen, or wish upon themselves or others. However this is just my view of a tragedy, which makes me think, what is a tragedy? Where do tragedies come from?
According to Wikipedia, the origins of tragedy stem from ancient Greece. It was a form of drama - human suffering, isn't that nice?- which gave the viewers pleasure. Since it is from ancient Greece, all of the famous philosophers we hear about (Plato, Aristotle, Saint Augustine, and more) have analyzed, criticized and worked on this genre. So a tragedy is a little off of what my view of it was. It is the enjoyment of watching other people have terrible things happen to them.
Another version of tragedy is known as "tragedy of the commons." It is where an individual in a shared resource system, behaves contrary to the whole group to deplete or harm the resources they share. This is seen in many of the things humans do without really realizing it. We fish excessively, which depletes the amount of fish in our lakes and oceans. We don't take care of the environment as well was we could, which leads to global warming. It is also shown in politics, taxation, and other things.
These topics are interesting to me. I have never thought of a tragedy in these ways before. I have always been under the impression that a tragedy is a real event that harms a person, so it was surprising to me to in out that tragedies started as a drama for people to enjoy. I also thought it was interesting that a tragedy can happen to a large group of people, because of the decisions of one person. To go with that idea, it made me realize that humans do that on a daily basis, whether we notice it or not. Overall this opened my eyes to tragedies, and I am excited to work on them more in class.