WOTD (221) : Kairosclerosis

Kairosclerosis – (Noun)

“The moment in which you realize that you’re currently happy—consciously trying to savor the feeling—which then prompts your intellect to identify it, pick it apart and put it in context, where it will slowly dissolve until it’s little more than an aftertaste.”

Kairosclerosis is from the Greek: kairos, “the opportune moment” + sclerosis, “hardening.” The Ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. Chronos is quantitative and linear—the ticking of the Western clock. Kairos is more qualitative, referring to moments that are indeterminate and sublime, when something special happens, when God speaks or the wind shifts, when a door is left open between one minute and the next.

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  1. Christina says:

    omg, had no idea there was a word for this phenomenon. definitely catch myself doing this sometimes, unfortunately!

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