What is man in extreme situations? Is he hoarding, looting or sharing? Does he initially think of himself alone or is there more to people than we think? Crises like now, triggered by the corona virus, are the crash test.

The Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, for example, is a philanthropist. He is convinced that people are basically good, solidarity-based and cooperative and he finds a lot of evidence for this. That gives hope! In view of the Corona crisis, the American cultural philosopher and pioneer of the Occupy movement Charles Eisenstein also hopes that we will “become the rulers of what ruled us.”However, Elfriede Jelinek is less confident so far. Inspired by the ancient myth of the goddess Hera, who blinded the hero Heracles with anger so that he killed his children while intoxicated, the Austrian Nobel Prize winner for literature looks neither optimistically to the future nor to the past. In changing perspectives, she tells of the anger of Islamist terrorists, of attacks on the Paris newspaper editorial office and the Jewish supermarket, of angry German citizens, of angry gods, fathers and sons. But they all agree on one thing, Bregman, Eisenstein, Jelinek, we have it in our hands what becomes of us.

Photo credits: Judith Buss


25. September 2020 – 15. June 2021