The Tyranny of Joy: On Contemporary Over-Performance

Thursday August 15: 7:00PM 8:00PM

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Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

To the conventional “How are you?”, most people would automatically answer the emphatic “GREAT” we all know, and rarely question.

Why display such a positive attitude towards the people who inquire about our wellbeing, even when our life might be falling apart?

In this Olio, we will explore the manifestations and possible reasons for the repulsion people feel for their suffering peers, and how that repulsion might be connected to the pressure for performance in a narcissistic “burnout society” we live in.

We'll try to redefine what a more "authentic joy" could be and the benefits of a certain type of laziness, by discussing views we can find, for instance, in the essay "The Agony of Eros" by Byung-Chul Han, but also in several classical works of continental philosophy by Bertrand Russell, Pascal or Epicurus.

Pascal — "The sole cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room."

Russell - “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.”

Teacher: Jeanne Proust has studied Philosophy and Visual Arts in Bordeaux, Berlin, and Paris. Her research focuses on Théodule Ribot’s Diseases of the Will, both in philosophical and psychological perspectives. While teaching at different universities here in New York, Jeanne is advocating for a widening of philosophical education beyond the frontiers of academia.

Complimentary beer by our presenting partner Sixpoint Brewery.

Sixpoint’s motto is “Beer is Culture,” to highlight the human trajectory—the earliest human civilizations were founded upon the cultivation of cereal grains for making beer. Sixpoint aims to perpetually inspire the art, creativity, and collaboration generated through beer by acknowledging the history of the craft, while forging ahead to inspire culture in a modern setting.