January 22, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom,
7:00 – 8:30 pm
A funny thing happened on the way to the grave. After the fear, the weeping, the grieving, someone laughed. It’s the craziest of paradoxes: this animal that we are has consciousness through which we may bring so many gifts and curses into the world, and yet the ultimate gift/curse of consciousness is to be aware of one’s transient nature, our headlong flight toward annihilation. In this evening lecture, Dr. Hollis will explore seven ideas about how comedy works on us, socially and psychologically. These include the capacity to hold the tensions of our experience for a moment, and mediating the disjunctions of life. Comedy must serve some valuable function in our psycho-spiritual life. The need to puncture pretension, to level the inflated, to remind any of us of our limits, is to serve an acknowledgment that occasionally the human ego needs to be brought back into a more respectful relationship with the Tao of things.
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
By witnessing the struggles of others, we gain pointers, insights, even strategies to address our own difficulties. In this workshop, we will examine three reports from the trenches, the never-ending wins and losses in the battle to survive, even make sense of one’s life. We will visit T. S. Eliot’s J. Alfred Prufrock, Jon Stallworthy’s Letter from Berlin, and Sharon Olds’s I Go Back to May 1937, and learn from them what we can. In doing so, we will address seven questions that may help you make sense of your own life including, What are your patterns? What are your avoidances?… and more. When Jung asserted that we all need to know what supports us when nothing supports us. When we undertake the path that is right for us, we are never wholly alone, we are never with resources, and we are in the grip of something that cares for us.