A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. John A. Shedd
Autumn is here, pitch-black evenings and mornings, the true season of Weltschmerz. The darkness is not the only reason to feel despair, isolation, or angst. The stream of political and healthcare crises is destroying the world of our dreams, but unfortunately… this is what we’ve got today.
The word Weltschmerz has a German origin and translates to “world-weariness” or “world pain.” The funny thing, the term is ancient, with the roots in the 1830s. It was first used (or created) by German writer Jean Paul in his pessimistic novel Selina. The word described Lord Byron’s nihilistic loathing for the world – the sadness about life: destructive, skeptical, a touch of melancholy. To say it more clearly: the misery of existence, conflict with all evil.
According to Google, Weltschmerz’s usage in English texts spiked after two world wars and then in the 1970s. Well, here we go again: in 2020, with its Covid-19 and unstable economic situation, Weltschmerz is attacking every level of being, spreading anxiety and horror.
But fear not…
When you are a writer, you can fight it most unusually – by creating variations of worlds, with strong characters and happy endings. You are an ingenious creator! Your greatest gift (or dharma) is to inspire, illuminate, support, and spread this precious creative light.
Remember, creativity is everywhere, even in words like Weltschmerz. Be process-oriented, be like a firefly – the light of a thousand stars – a radiant, enthusiastic, joyful, magical dreamer. Be the epitome of the solar force, boundless energy that achieves anything. If the sun doesn’t shine right now – shine from inside, and expand it to the whole universe through your writing.
Brighten up this full of the weltschmerz-shit universe!
With this motivational kick in the butt, I’ll leave you. Do not forget, today is BRING YOUR TEDDY BEAR TO WORK day. Surprise your colleagues, boss, or family. It might help you to reconnect with humanity, attracting the audience you need. Haha. If you’d add a yummy dessert, then you’d hit a double win – because today is also National Dessert Day.
With weapons like a teddy bear and a cake, we are 100% winning! Goodbye, Weltschmerz! We are free from your negative, dim energy!
May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin
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