“the song was originally written about the first gulf war, and i’d created this image of a young guy with long hair and funny clothes, who had just got a yellow telegram telling him his brother has been killed in action. he’s walking by these conservative-looking, older folks on a porch, flying an american flag, and he waves to them in a show of solidarity, and they brush him off and give him the finger. so, you know, what did his brother die for?”
- eddie vedder
sonder - n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own…
More than any other, this particular definition seems to have struck a chord with people—even if they don’t know I made up the word. I’ve even watched it start to dip its toe into the lexicon as a real word, at least in some circles.
Anyway, when I’m not inventing dictionary definitions I’m a freelance video maker and graphic designer, so I decided to expand the definition into a short video. Written, directed, edited and narrated by me. Enjoy.
Music: “Campfire” by Jon Hopkins from Monsters OST