The text for this course collects writings from cultures, religions, and traditions from 2500 BCE to the present, among them works by authors from Huang Ti and Sophocles to Doris Lessing and Annie Dillard, as well as passages from the Bible, the Quran, the Hebrew Scriptures, and the Bhagavad-Gita. The writers address memory, change, solitude, families, body and spirit, celebration and lament, and eros and thanatos. We will discuss these works and will see two films, Ingmar Bergman's "Wild Strawberries" (1957) and Michael Haneke's "Amour" (2012). The course will reward careful reading and active discussion. Facilitated Discussion. Viewing Videos.