Sometimes it all gets a little bit much. And we’ve all felt that way. I have found, during these times, the drive towards catharsis escalates.
The Greeks define catharsis as the range of a “release of pent-up emotion or energy” to the human soul seeking to be purged of excessive passion. (Excessive passion! Isn’t passion by definition excessive? Its definitely NOT mellow and measured. Somehow, that makes it not….passionate.) I also like to think of catharsis as Bharat Muni defines it. The Indian sage “exhorted kings to spend some time outside of their ‘sanitized worlds’ and to participate in drama and theater activities, which would allow them to encounter emotions that were not part of their routine daily experience.” In a way, he deconstructs one of the Greek definitions — catharsis as something meant to be experienced by an audience, after witnessing tragedy on the stage. Tragedy removed, purging induced. On the other hand, Bharat Muni wants you to be on stage. Woah.
In the modern interpretation, this brings a whole lot of time-space continuum, mirror within a mirror conundrums. Because now you are feeling emotions from your real life and your cinema verite life. Interesting. (That’s a conversation over wine with the right crowd…and the right wine).