Sunday, February 27, 2011

Weakness from within

Weltschmerz (from the German, meaning world-pain or world-weariness, pronounced [ˈvɛltʃmɛɐ̯ts]) is a term coined by the German author Jean Paul and denotes the kind of feeling experienced by someone who understands that physical reality can never satisfy the demands of the mind...It is also used to denote the feeling of sadness when thinking about the evils of the world...The modern meaning of Weltschmerz in the German language is the psychological pain caused by sadness that can occur when realizing that someone's own weaknesses are caused by the inappropriateness and cruelty of the world and (physical and social) circumstances. Weltschmerz in this meaning can cause depression, resignation and escapism

Thank you, Wikipedia, for explaining my mental state so succinctly.  Except for the part where I think my own weaknesses also come from within.  Doesn't everyone?

P.S. A friend and I decided tonight that in a perfect world, we'd be able to have someone with us all the time who was all these things rolled into one: a nutritionist, a therapist, a psychiatrist, a friend, and a personal trainer.  Oh and who is covered by all health insurance plans.  Sound good to anyone else?

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