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


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”


Do you wanna know what he was thinking while you choked the life outta him, Benjamin?
What the last thought that ran through his head was? ‘I don’t understand.’ Isn’t that
just the saddest thing you ever heard?

— The Man in Black, ‘LA X’