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This is a discussion on Life is a comedy to those who think, and a tragedy to those who feel? within the INTP Forum - The Thinkers forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; Originally Posted by saturnne Horace Walpole said, "Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those ...

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    ISFJ - The Nurturers

    Quote Originally Posted by saturnne View Post
    Horace Walpole said, "Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think."

    I'm sure many of you have heard this quote before, and to a large extent, many will agree. But from the INTP standpoint, this quote confuses me a little bit. Being one of "The Thinkers" has been rewarding in many ways but more often than not, difficult and disorienting.

    What do you think? And where have you seen this statement ring true in your life?

    I think that generally this quotation rings true, but it's also important to keep in mind that everyone thinks and everyone feels. I've always felt that there are times to just laugh things off and not take them so seriously, and there are times to feel emotion and use it for a good cause.

    I mean, if someone was a total robot with no emotion whatsoever, then all of the "tragic" things in life wouldn't really bother them. Seeing people suffer wouldn't really be a big deal if it didn't affect you emotionally. So a lot of times people are motivated to help people because of the emotion that they feel.

    Of course, the flip side is true that one's emotions can sometimes cloud their good reasoning and judgment. So one has to be careful to not let their emotions completely override them.

    I guess I've always felt that someone's emotions should be used to inspire them to action, and ones reasoning should be used to carry out those actions.

    So the quotation is true, but since everyone is a mix of both, I don't see anything wrong with viewing life as a comedy sometimes and view it as a tragedy in others. Seeing it both ways is important in different ways, and just like thinking vs. feeling as a preference, one isn't better than the other.
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    A thinker who doesn't see the humour in life is probably suicidally depressed

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Quote Originally Posted by saturnne View Post
    Horace Walpole said, "Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think."
    As a young teenager I have always tried to live life like it was some kind of game. Always telling myself that "life is just a ride, an experience that we should all just enjoy. Don't get emotional attached to things or people because they will eventually go away in the end, just enjoy what you have and just "live".

    The thing is though I will be never be able to just "live". I will always worry what people think of me, if they like me or dislike or how I dress. I will always be emotionally attached to certain people like family and close friends and my girlfriend(s). I will always worry about my future like how I will make ends meet from week to week.

    I wish I wouldn't worry about these things and just simply "live" but I'm human and always will remain one.
    Last edited by Obsidean; 10-15-2010 at 11:04 PM.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    do i feel more ?
    do i think more ?
    do i feel what i think ?
    do i think what i feel ?

    either way life is a big fat BASTARD

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    My perception has been that this runs more along the lines of Ne,Se/Ni,Si functional divide than thinker feeler divide. It seems like people who use Ne or Se sort of live always a step ahead, thinking about the future rather than dwelling for too long on the past which may be full of painful and unpleasant memories, whereas Ni/Si users can get stuck overanalyzing past to bits and pieces and forget to think about the potential that the future may bring, thus giving off the impression of taking life too seriously.

    Then there are Renin dichotomies - these don't follow Ne,Se/Ni,Si divide - according to these INTPs are classed as negativists. Negativists are likely to state how things aren't, be more reprimanding than complementing, readily notice that the glass is half-empty or that something is lacking, and be more socially and intellectually mistrusting. To the outer world negativists may not seem as somebody who takes life as a comedy, whereas positivists may seem more like optimistic people. Negativist personality types are INTJ, ISFJ, INTP, ENFJ, ESTP, ISFP, ESTJ, ENFP so once again there is no correlation between feeler and thinker functions to this.
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