NZZ Podium

“Crazy: Human Beings and Their Ecstasies”

Sat, 14.08. | 14.00 | No. 211342

KKL Luzern, Auditorium

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021

 

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    NZZ Podium

    “Crazy: Human Beings and Their Ecstasies”

    Round table discussion (in German) with
    Melitta Breznik
    psychiatrist and author 
    Heinz Holliger composer, oboist, and conductor
    Gerald Hüther neurobiologist and author

    Host
    Martin Meyer director of the NZZ Podium

    “Crazy: Human Beings and Their Ecstasies”

    “The time is out of joint,” Hamlet remarks. Shakespeare’s play about the downfall of the Danish prince who seems to become insane is often viewed from an aesthetic distance, but coronavirus and Donald Trump have reminded us of what it feels like when the world is upside down. “Normal” and “crazy” are social conventions that require shared patterns of behavior and thinking. Those who follow the rules lead a “good” life. The Christian kingdom of heaven was also open to sick people and fools. With the proliferation of different lifestyles in modernity, however, the concept of normality has been disintegrating. A culture of progress encourages being different. The fascination of the subjective takes hold; the ego becomes the ultimate measure. Everything new awakens hope, insanity confers nobility, illness becomes interesting – especially in the artistic realm. But the universal demand for happiness and the concomitant demand for practicality prove to be overwhelming. Whoever fails to satisfy these goals is pathologized – often without mercy.

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