Writer, historian, academic, and former politician Michael Ignatieff joins Digging Deep for a wide-ranging conversation on one of the most poignant and enduring aspects of human life: how we cope with loss. Drawing on his new book, On Consolation, Ignatieff shares how he lost both his father and mother within just a few years of each other, and how he came to accept that loss. He talks about how sometimes consolation isn’t possible and that it’s not always necessary to find meaning in tragedy. He provides a powerful reminder that human life has not changed as much as we think it has over the centuries, and that whatever we experience has been experienced by others over the centuries. He also talks about the changes he sees happening in the world and his hope in what he calls “the fiendish ingenuity of the human species.” Michael touches on his time as a politician, and shares some very candid opinions on the current state of politics. Listen in as we talk about dreaming big, the humbling experience that is life, and Michael's overarching message that we are not alone.
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