There is a Japanese word for the news-induced grief pit you're probably screaming out of


Do you remember reading much positive news over the last few months?

If you are a remainer, a globalist, or a person who believes in respecting people of all faiths, genders and creeds, you've had a rough few months.

Combined with a string of deaths among much-loved popular figures, 2016 has been roundly described as an annus horribilis.

Here's some good news from this week:

That may have abated your increasing feeling of helplessness at the state of the world. If the outrage you used to feel to news events has turned to malaise in recent weeks, then you may be experiencing a feeling, called by the Japanese:


This refers to the fatigue generated by senseless trauma.

It comes from Japanese mythology.

Kuebiko was a Shinto deity of knowledge and agriculture, a scarecrow who couldn't move but had complete awareness of events around him.

He may be most known to the Western World through a wise scarecrow of his namesake that features in the video game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

If you feel impotent, looking on at a string of events beyond your influence, then you may relate to 'kuebiko'.

HT Quartz

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