Wabi-Sabi or appreciation of the imperfection

It is fascinating reading now about wabi-sabi ,  in the midst of recession.

“It (wabi-sabi) nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.”

“From an engineering or design point of view, “wabi” may be interpreted as the imperfect quality of any object, due to inevitable limitations in design and construction/manufacture especially with respect to unpredictable or changing usage conditions; then “sabi” could be interpreted as the aspect of imperfect reliability, or limited mortality of any object, hence the etymological connection with the Japanese word sabi, to rust.”

Philippe Kruchten measures the architect likeness against his tolerance to imperfection: “The life of a successful software architect is a long series of suboptimal decisions often made in the dark and under pressure. A perfectionist who spends a lot of time on issues would not be appropriate for the job.” Beware of perfectionism.

There is freshness in the impermanence.  Life spring of the ephemera.


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