Okay, in order to write about this topic today I have to first admit to being a fan of Big Bang Theory. I know, I know…it’s crazy, quirky, and irrational. But I love the flawed characters, the strange relationships, and the goofy obsessions of the group. Like most sit-coms it often borders on stupid and offensive, but that’s television in general. I would rather waste thirty minutes watching Big Bang than watch even ten minutes of Big Brother! Gag.
That being said, in a recent re-run Sheldon mentions the term Weltschmerz. Most of my high school German class was wasted on this little brain, but the word and its meaning immediately caught my attention-an epiphany of sorts.
This is the basis of many of the most serious problems of the world! This is one of the primary reasons people do crazy, violent things! This is why we are often sad and upset on a daily basis! Weltschmerz!
Weltschmerz: mental depression or apathy caused by comparison of the actual state of the world with an ideal state.
This is how I feel when I see our president behaving like a typical attention-seeking talk show guest instead of our national leader.
This is how I feel when I see Congress behaving like siblings arguing over who gets to sit by the window, instead of acting as serious mediators representing the ideas, values, and needs of their constituents.
This is how I feel when yet another role model for our young people turns out to be a lying, cheating, drug-addicted sex offender instead of an example of how to succeed with talent, hard work, and values.
This is how I feel when I hear that millionaires and movie stars are stepping up to feed, clothe, and educate the children of foreign countries while ignoring children with the same needs in our own country.
This is how I feel when I see people valuing fame and fortune above family and friends.
Weltschmerz: a useful and descriptive term that we should not need to know.