Don’t You Want to Scream?

by Anne Bennett on May 4, 2012

What caption would you put here?

I was thinking this morning:  what one word best describes the current mental state of most of the people I know, myself included? The first word that came to mind was…angst.

I Googled the word angst and clicked on the first entry, which was its Wikipedia link. Lo and behold, accompanying the definition of angst was the Edvard Munch painting, “The Scream,”  which just happened to have sold this week at Sothebys for a record $120 million dollars.

What a coincidence, I thought. Or perhaps it wasn’t a coincidence. Perhaps “The Scream” has become the world’s most valuable painting for a reason.

You following me?

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, a vivid depiction of brilliant yellow flowers, used to be the world’s most valuable picture, but that must have been when we were feeling, pardon the pun, sunnier.

By the way, the word angst does not connote fear of something concrete, per say. Rather, according to Wikipedia, it means, “an intense feeling of apprehension, anxiety or inner turmoil.”

This reminds me of one night long ago when I was putting Corbett to bed. He was four years old. I kissed him good night and he turned to me and said, “Mom, I’m worried.”

I asked him what he was worried about.

“I don’t know,” he replied, his brow furrowed. “I’m just worried.”

Out of the mouths of babes.




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