If I don’t grasp too tightly, I am occasionally able to pick up on theme ideas that run through my life at any given moment, memes if you will for the present, concepts that might be useful, beautiful, or even just interesting for me where I am at. Right now I’m hearing quite a bit about wabi-sabi, “a beautiful Japanese concept that has no direct translation in English. Both an aesthetic and a worldview, it connotes a way of living that finds beauty in imperfection and accepts the natural cycle of growth and decay.”
I had never heard of this concept before a couple of weeks ago when I first encountered it in an article in Parabola, a lovely magazine I picked up on a whim at Common Good Books (and may now purchase a subscription to). And apparently it’s a children’s book as well. Providing an intriguing counterpoint to other articles on perfect shapes in nature and relativism in perception of beauty in art, the article in Parabola on wabi-sabi integrated a unique idea of beauty that arrives with time and use.