Glenn Albrecht on Solastalgia

June 19, 2011

In 2004 Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht coined the term "solastalgia." It was his way of describing the combination of grief and longing people feel when a place they love has been damaged. He tells Anne Strainchamps when he first began to notice the phenomenon, about ten years ago.



I do find it rather interesting this idea of ownership. Whether or not one in a community feels ownership beyond one's own bedroom.
Though I would say this has a long tradition in nostalgic pastoral: et ego in arcadia. In which the human being is never truly content and always longs for a mythical halcyon. How is modern day modern life different?