Lachesism: Longing for the Clarity of Disaster

Lachesism: Longing for the Clarity of Disaster

Greek, from LACHESIS, “the disposer of lots.” Lachesis is the name of the second of the three fates in Ancient Greek mythology. Clothed in white, Lachesis is the measurer of the thread woven by Clotho’s spindle, the apportioner who decided how much time for life was to be allowed for each person or being. She measured the thread of life with her rod.

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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language-to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for.

“Unreal World” by Citokid

For a million years,
we’ve watched the sky
and huddled in fear.
But somehow you still find yourself
quietly rooting for the storm.

As if a part of you is tired of waiting
wondering when the world will fall apart
by lot, by fate, by the will of the gods
almost daring them to grant your wish.

But really, you can wish all you want,
because life is a game of chance.
And each passing day is another flip of the coin.


You can’t help but take this life for granted.
Your eyes adjust to the color of the walls
and your ears tune out the chatter
As if your body’s trying to filter out
the world as you know it.

And while your brain goes numb
trying to shake off your complacency,
your heart can’t sit still,
and your gut is hungry for chaos—
itching to chase after storms
and run headlong into the fire.
to watch society break down.
and find out what’s truly important
and watch everything else fall away.

The apocalypse is one of the oldest fantasies we have,
but it’s not about skipping to the end of the story.
it’s a longing for revelation,
a revealing of what we already know,
but cannot see:
that none of this is guaranteed.
and there’s no such thing as “ordinary life.”

that our civilization is just an agreement
that could be revoked at any time.
and beneath our rules and quarrels
we’re stuck together on a wide open planet,
where anything can happen
leaving us no choice but to survive,
to build a shelter,
and find each other in the storm.
that even just getting through the day
should feel like the miracle it is,
a cascading series of accidents
that just happened to fall your way.

But soon the storm will pass,
and the world will go on spinning,
and we’ll pick up our lives just where we left them,
no more urgently than before.
After all,
it’s just life.
It’s not the end of the world.

CREDITS Creative Commons Attribution License

Thunderstorm 1080
by Lumix Club Mexico

Dance To Repair
by Interpolis Films

Calm before the storm
by Joe Cavallini

make think
by Eliezer Defaria

by Daniel Ignacio

easterly winds
by Dan Gusano Gonzalez

by British Columbia adventure guide

Hurricane Sandy
by Mickey Kicklos

REMEMBER GABON [GH4 – Metabones Speedbooster]
by David Mboussou

Silent Pain
by Joshua Martin Studios

Find Me
by Doug Jackson

by Stuart Murray

by Yuqi Kang

MÆRE – ‘Amen’ Teaser
by Filament Features

Nelson New Zealand 17 April 2014 Collingwood Street tree falls
by Derek Sivers

St. Lucia – All Eyes On You
by Matt Wilford Heder

by Jeremy Ratzlaff

Final Draft
by John Lawrence by John Lawrence

Never Sleep
by Colby Moore

+ (a short film)
by Chris Fenner

TOMORROW (directors cut)
by Adrian Martini

Storm Time Lapse May 2015 –
by Mike Haytack

Late for the Party
by Trevor Corrigan

Typhoon Soulik
by Davy Martin

Atamga – The Warriors Dance
by Calum Jump

Je suis l’espoir
by Paul Cordonnier

After Tracy
by Nathaniel Kelly

Don’t Let The Day Get Away- Inspirit
by Hello Sunday Morning

by Jacob Rosen

farewell … london
by Smea Éireann

by Adam McDaid

Indahnya Bali
by MaartenFilms

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