“It is usually said that animals, and also man, avoid pain and seek pleasure – and so any courting of pain, except under certain conditions, is seen as unnatural behavior.
“It is not unnatural. It is an eccentric behavior pattern. Many children daydream not only of being kings or queens, or given great honors, they also daydream about being tragic figures. They daydream of cruel deaths. They glory in stories of wicked stepmothers. They imagine, in fact, every situation that they can involving human experience. To an extent adults do the same thing. They are drawn to cinema or television dramas that involve tragedies, sorrows, great dramatic struggles. This is because you are alive as the result of your great curiosity for human experience. You are alive because you want to participate in human drama.”
(Dreams, “Evolution” and Value Fulfillment Vol 2, Session 911)