Saturday, May 09, 2020
In the Times of Israel, Tanya White on coping in the age of covid.
We tend towards easy answers and simple and certain constructs that provide us with security and control in a world that often displays the opposite. But as Heidegger and many of the existentialist philosophers suggest, there comes a moment that the fears we all nurse in our everyday lives transform into what can be termed “angst” — that is an anxiety allied to our feeling of mortality and our encounter with the fact that we are “being towards death.” This should ideally trigger a search for authenticity. As I said, perhaps the “corona age” is humanity’s moment of “being towards death” and perhaps we have what to learn in coping with its fallout from our forefather Jacob.
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