We consider ageing as a downwards curve, but this is mainly due to a negative mindset. If we change our view on age and just dare to be who we really are, then age becomes irrelevant. Life will then evolve, instead of going downwards. German author and international consultant who has spent half of her life in foreign cultures all over the world. As an author, she likes to reverse parameters. In her books about ageing, she presents her research on people over 80 who are doing things that one would not expect from that age. She unveils the key-factors for a completely different old age and shows that a creative lifestyle is the entrance door to joyful life and happy ageing. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
The translation of this work was supported by a grant from the Goethe-Institut.
Klaus Mann – Thomas Mann’s son – wrote MEPHISTO while living in exile from the Germany of World War II. In it he captures the Isherwood-like atmosphere of Nazi Germany while telling a satiric story about the rise to power of one man – a thinly veiled caricature of his own brother-in-law. The man is Hendrik Hofgen, a character actor who in his own life plays a bizarre part in the elite circle of the Third Reich. Hofgen is publicly a revolutionary, but secretly he is a man driven by an obsessive need for power and fame. Although he benefits from the prestige of being married to the daughter of an eminent politician, he endangers his rise in Nazi society by his compulsive involvement with ‘a black Venus.’ His brilliant success as Mephisto in FAUST brings him the support of the Führer’s prime minister, who appoints him head of the State Theater. His dreams are finally realized, but the story ends on a note of despair as Hofgen is forced to confront the emptiness of his life. Mann weaves his tale with amazing skill. The result is a fascinating novel of decadence and evil.