What is the human tragicomedy?

There is a sharp conflict between natural demands and certain social institutions. Caught as he is in this conflict, man gives in more or less to one side of the other; he makes compromises which are bound to fail; he escapes into illness or death; or he rebels-senselessly and fruitlessly-against the existing order. In this struggle, human structure is molded.

--Wilhelm Reich

What is the human tragicomedy?

During no moment of his life does man escape the mandate to choose among possibilities. Yet he can pretend to act "as if" he had no choice and no freedom of decision. The "acting as if" constitutes a part of the human tragicomedy.

--Viktor E. Frankl

What is the human tragicomedy?

Her philosophy of life was that she might die at any moment. The tragedy, she said, was that she didn't.

--unknown source