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Wabi Sabi | Value Imperfection, Live Deeply








I've been reading about 'Wabi Sabi', a Japanese aesthetic of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It's not another interior design trend, it is more about going with the flow and adapting rather than fighting change. Living in the moment and with the passing of time, a form of spirituality. 

In a culture where perfection is a preeminent value. Defining beauty as perfection objectified lacks soul and simply isn't real. So when someone suggests that imperfection may be just as beautiful—just as valuable—as perfection, it is a welcome acknowledgement. Being human fundamentally implies being imperfect. 

Wabi-sabi is the antithesis of the Classical Western idea of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and/or monumental. In other words, wabi-sabi is the exact opposite of what slick, seamless, massively marketed objects, like the latest handheld wireless digital devices, aesthetically represent.
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

Seeing beauty in imperfection and accepting life’s transience; nothing lasts, nothing is finished and nothing is perfect sounds simple yet incredibly profane..



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