We'll meet a pastor who suffered a breakdown and asked his psychiatrist to stand at the pulpit and tell his congregation what was happening to their leader. Later, one woman's reflection on feeling helpless when hearing about the violence in Syria and why she lit a candle for those who are suffering. She defies anyone to tell her it's a meaningless gesture. Finally, this week's conundrum: why is there something instead of nothing? Author Jim Holt
spoke to the most brilliant minds in the world to find out why the universe exists.
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The CBC's Jodie Martinson brings us a documentary about Wes Long, the former pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Saskatoon. Wes has fought depression and anxiety. At one point, his illness became so overwhelming, he had to step away from the pulpit. He talks to Jodie about breaking the taboo on mental illness at his church and his concern the congregation might not accept him after his illness.
We also meet writer Shula Klinger. When the violence in Syria took the life of her good friend's relative, Shula lit a candle. Everyday we are bombarded with accounts of tragic stories from around the world. Shula didn't want to succumb to 'compassion fatigue' - the idea that knowing more means feeling less. Her essay is about the instinctual desire to light a flame in honour of someone's passing.
Also in this week's show: why is there something instead of nothing? The question has been described as being so simple only a child would ask it - and so profound only a philosopher would take it on. Mary speaks to Jim Holt about his book, Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story.
Tapestry: all the big questions. Answers? Not so much.