Anybody ever read The Age of Anxiety by W.H. Auden? I looked it up on Amazon, but was not tempted. The age of anxiety Auden wrote about is said to be the mid twentieth century. The poem he wrote in 1947. The war was over, and soon after, the anxiety stopped, didn’t it? At least in America….for some. Hmmm. I guess it never stops.
We are still in the age of anxiety. What do you do to stop it, or are you still searching? As part of a class I am taking on world religions, students have to pick two religions and design a game with rules that characterized the makeup of each one. This week I chose Buddhism.
My own religion is Protestant Christianity. While it serves me well in many ways, I can’t say it will keep me out of the nursing home. Maybe its a case of oh ye of little faith.
The Buddhists are known for meditation. As a nursing home resident, I thought this could come in handy. Otherwise, I will be faced with the age of anxiety. For sure at that point Auden will not be my choice of remedy. Not sure it is now.
My guess is that before or after the nursing home, I will not be attracted to baroque poetry. Leonard Bernstein was inspired to write a ballet from it. Maybe I will try listening to his music instead.