No other mental state impacts our understanding of the world as deeply. Sorrow robs us of our voice, and even our faith in life. Particularly when we lose someone we dearly love, our days are dominated by a feeling of emptiness, numbness and meaninglessness. Death appears to be the last boundary, in the face of which even philosophy has nothing to say. How can we learn to deal with finiteness and loneliness? What value is placed on sorrow and sadness in a society that strives for happiness and performance? And how can we come to terms with the finiteness of all things while in the midst of life?
Psychotherapist Verena Kast (“Sisyphos - Altes loslassen und neue Wege gehen”) and cultural scholar Thomas Macho (“Das Leben Nehmen”) talk about a condition that we can deny, but cannot avoid.
Mod.: Wolfram Eilenberger