A City Guide To Yucheng for The ancient Greeks were well known for their celebration of tragedy. Having a tragic sense meant accepting that humanity could not fully control its world or its fate. It meant accepting that a human being’s reach necessarily exceeded its grasp and that there was a price to 234 thinking politics be paid for each increase in the control and mastery of life. Often this price was paid in human blood to the Olympian gods, who did not like to see mortals become too prideful, or hubristic. Yet the Greeks celebrated this tragic sensibility because they believed that one could not avoid tragedy, at least not without narrowing one’s concerns to a point that would constrict and demean what it meant to be truly and fully human. Like postmodernists, the Greeks were not progressivists. Time, for the ancient Greeks, was not linear but circular; the golden age was not ahead of them but behind them. A City Guide To Yucheng 2016.