Weltschmerz

October 3, 2018 · By Vocab Girl Leave Comment

/VELT-shmairts/ noun

Definition

1 often capitalized Weltschmerz : mental depression or apathy caused by comparison of the actual state of the world with an ideal state
2: a mood of sentimental sadness

The word weltschmerz initially came into being as a by-product of the European Romanticism movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A combining of the German words for “world” (Welt) and “pain” (Schmerz), weltschmerz aptly captures the melancholy and pessimism that often characterized the artistic expressions of the era. The term was used in German by the Romantic author Jean Paul (pseudonym of Johann Paul Friedrich Richter) in his 1827 novel Selina, but it wasn’t adopted into English until the middle of the 19th century.

World pain. We live in a world that carries around a lot of pain in silence. There is so much we don’t speak about. I have been struggling to find my voice and my words. I have grown weary of seeing the world that is presented online and how that warps the views we hold. Do any of us really inhabit the real world? We all have our own frames of reference that are based on a lot of factors. No two people have the same experiences. We get ourselves into trouble when we talk in absolutes and try to label all the things we see. They are as we are. Deep diving for today into my weltschmerz.

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