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Philosophy of the day- Kintsugi

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with gold. As a philosophy, Kintsugi can be seen to have similarities to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect for sometimes defects are the greatest virtues. ⠀

It can also relate to the Japanese philosophy of "no mind”, which encompasses the concepts of non-attachment, acceptance of change, and fate as aspects of human life.⠀

Ernest Hemingway once said “The world breaks everyone, then some become strong at the broken places.” Among the swollen crowd of metaphors which we use to relate to life, the scar is one that concerns us all. As Hemingway said in the above mentioned quote, the world cracks us up, fills us with fissures, and that is where there is a whole spectrum of possibilities; the scar becomes a reason to face the world. And nobody has used this metaphor with more beauty and clarity than the Japanese in kintsugi art. It follows that the breakages and repairs form part of the history of an object and should be shown and not hidden. By manifesting its transformation, the scars beautify the object. ⠀

As the poet Rumi said “The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

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