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The Sturm und Drang of Difficult Pleasures: Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Type 2 Fun
Tuesday April 11 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
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What are ‘Difficult Pleasures’? How do they enrich our lives and differ from standard-issue, low-friction “fun”? Why do we do them, and how do they help us live our values and find our sense of purpose?
From ultramarathons to writing books, fasting to meditation — the intentional curation and engagement with Type 2 Fun brings depth and richness to our lives.
From the premise that “Hard Things Are Hard,” Leah (Prime) leads a salon on Difficult Pleasures: using examples like Wagner’s 18-hour opera saga, The Ring, to frame a broader exploration of what motivates us to undertake experiences that challenge us in profound ways.
We’ll take an honest appraisal of the sturm und drang involved, too: the emotional tumult and intensity that undergirds these practices, and how those intensities lead to better self-understanding and integration.
In this salon, we’ll listen to and learn from other attendees on how they navigate the meta-process of Doing Hard Things.
Among others topics, we’ll explore:
- What constitutes a ‘difficult pleasure’? Why do we do them?
- How do these experiences lead us to a more integrated sense of self?
- The purpose of intentional challenges
- Navigating the emotional and mental challenges associated with difficult pleasures
- Eudaimonia (Aristotle)
- What is Type 2 Fun and why do some people want to have it? (E. Strout, Washington Post)
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