Weltschmerz

by Sofia

I stumbled across this word and I love it. It’s the feeling that Enfield halfway house residents feel in Infinite Jest when they work through their dependencies and fundamental boundedness as human beings.

Welt·schmerz
[velt-shmerts]
noun, German
sorrow that one feels and accepts as one’s necessary portion in life; sentimental pessimism.
Also, welt-schmerz.

Origin:
literally, world-pain

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