The Science of Drama

This posts refers to this website I found.

If you bothered to look, you’ll see a series of graphs drawn up by American author Kurt Vonnegut discussing ecstasy vs. time (ecstasy, of course, measured in its quantifiable scientific units kg•m^2•s^-3•A^2). He points out the usual observations, that ecstasy is something that increases, generally, with time in drama, but his last observation of “real life” is something I do not agree with.

Yes, in the grand scheme of things, our minor dramas are nothing, but does that make them undramatic? An aged father dying may be less dramatic when compared to the Hindenburg or a teenager’s broken heart may take second fiddle to the latest royal scandal, but let’s not minimize the personal drama these people endure.

As far as creating “…drama where there is none,” I disagree with his observation. Perhaps society has grown accustomed to grand drama, but this is not a recent development. Just look at Great Expectations (over 100 years old) or Paradise Lost (300 years) or Beowulf (perhaps over 1,000 years old) and you can see that human society has been looking for escape and drama outside their one lives for generations. But where did all this drama originate? From the human experience. From the daily lives and daily dramas of men, women and children throughout the ages.

Although thought-provoking, I this highly summarized post seems to ignore the most fundamental building block that creates drama: , “mundane” human drama.


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