Do preppers want to see disasters come to fruition?
Lachesism, as defined by the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, is
the desire to be struck by disaster—to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire, to plunge over a waterfall—which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap between one end of your life and the other.
Before we do the deep psychological drill down, let's take a few steps back.
According to the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows YouTube description of this video, the word lachesism comes from the Greek word Lachesis, meaning "the disposer of lots." Specifically,
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.
Never heard of the word? Don't be surprised; it's an invented word from the creative mind of John Koenig, a graphic designer and filmmaker. He has created a number of words to describe feelings that don't quite have adequate words to express or describe them.
I'm not a psychologist. I've never taken a single class in the subject. So while I cannot say with any expertise that lachesism is a real thing, I do think it's a discussion worth having.
Do preppers hope for a disaster?
In a way, it's akin to asking if first responders like doing their job. Do firefighters like running calls to house fires? Do paramedics like running calls to critically ill patients? Do cops like running calls to dangerous situations?
Yeah, they do. Not because they want people to lose their home in a fire or succumb to their injuries or have their life shattered by violence. They like the adrenaline rush that comes from helping others in dangerous situations. That's not a criticism; thank God there are people out there willing to put themselves in harm's way to help others.
I don't know that most preppers hope for a disaster because it will make other people suffer. I think we often do yearn for the opportunity to test our skills and preparations to see if they are up to snuff. And while we can often do that without the need for a disaster, putting ourselves into that stressful environment makes the challenge more real.
Do you long to be struck by a disaster? And if so, why?
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