Sorrow – on dealing with finality. With Verena Kast and Thomas Macho

VA11 2019

Sorrow – on dealing with finality. With Verena Kast and Thomas Macho

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

  • Wednesday 5 June

    05. June 2019

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Thomas Macho

Thomas Macho, born in 1952, was a professor of cultural history at…


Verena Kast

Verena Kast, born in 1943, studied psychology, philosophy and…


Wolfram Eilenberger

Wolfram Eilenberger, born in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1972, was the…