After many years of pondering, W.H. Auden revised his most famous line from "We must love one another or die" to "We must love one another and die." He wasn't implying causation, just facing reality. Death, though inevitable, is something we used to be much more squeamish about. Not that anyone wants to bring back squeamishness, but is heedlessness the only alternative? I ask because it tends to reduce dramatic interest. If murder, for instance, is so casual that it's accepted as a matter of course by both victim and perpetrator, there's not much reason for anyone else to sit watching. In film, where you get car chases and splatter effects as a bonus, some tastes, though not mine, are gratified by the activity itself. Personally, I need a little motivation to make the business palatable; there's enough random killing in the world outside the playhouse to glut the most... More >>>