The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Since the channel came back to life last week, it reminded me that I’ve really wanted to share this one for quite a while:

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

With this series John Koenig seeks out to give shape to those emotions that feel ineffable. Those that leave us  longing, restless, or so heart-wrenching and anxious that it leaves us in tears.
But it also shows us a connectedness — the despair that arises from the human condition that we share. A longing that ignites a spark in us. The refusal to let what little light we may have left die.

John Koenig invents names for these feelings, constructed and created from words of all sorts of languages, and illustrates their meaning in beautiful and profound videos, that are melancholy at its purest.

“We dream to survive — it’s no more optional than breathing.” – John Koenig



Looking back,

I find so many moments,

buried in the past,

that I miss so bad


With all that we were and all that was

And I just want away

back to when the future was still a faint glimmer on the horizon,

still so far away

But just maybe,

as long as we keep moving, keep living,

keep creating these memories

of all the moments we’re someday going to miss


I guess the future

could be quite alright,

after all

Comfort in Nothingness

For most of us the thought of nothingness after we die scares the crap out of us. But after visiting Chernobyl, Derek from Veritasium has a rather motivational and maybe even comforting view on the matter.

“So this video is a little different from most of the others. The channel is an element of truth, after all, not an element of science. This is my truth. It may not be everyone’s but that’s ok too.”

– Derek, about “Our Greatest Delusion”