Aina Veronica Del Pilar
Mr. L. Vilbrunt
War by Luigi Pirandello: Dialogue Journal
Aristotle said that men are rational animals. However, emotions seem to take over our sense of reason. When overwhelmed with our own emotions, we tend to overlook anything else that there is. The characters in the story are feeling deep sadness and grief over their sons and loved one's death or departure. They were all experiencing the same emotion, but they still argued about who was having it the worst. They all convinced themselves that no one knew what they were going through and no one could understand how they felt. Each of them found some sort of comfort in believing that what they felt was so horrid, nothing else may have possibly been worse. The fat man's statement was reasonable, but in his statement, he only considered the feeling of his son's satisfaction in sacrificing himself for the country.
The logical way to put this is, if someone you love is happy, you should let him be, even if you are not a part of it because that is how love works, but no matter how people repeat this on their minds and try to sway themselves, the pain will never disappear because emotions will always take over people's rationality. Once our philosophy professor asked us, "If you and your loved one are the only two people left on earth, would you choose to die first or your loved one?" and we all preferred to die first, then my philosophy professor made us realize that dying first would be a burden to the one you've left behind and since then, I believed that choosing to die is also choosing to pass on the pain to the people who love you. Truly,