Friday foto

You know that feeling, when you think you know something then find out that—after all—you don’t?

Wabi-sabi had been explained to me as a Japanese aesthetic that valued the natural decay of things, and I’d always applied to John’s shed, which is quietly sinking back into the Earth, from whence it came. It gave me a warm feeling.


Then, foolishly, I looked up wabi-sabi on Wikipedia:

It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō), the other two being suffering ( ku) and emptiness or absence of self-nature ( ).

Impermanence? Yeah! Suffering? Um … Emptiness and absence of self-nature?

Why do you spoil everything, Internet?

2 Responses to Friday foto

  1. Megan says:

    Hello Mark. Wikipedia isn’t the last word on everything. The next time you look up wabi-sabi in Wikipedia, the definition might have been edited to read quite differently. Meanwhile, you might like to look at the blog post called ‘Disintegration’ that I wrote on the subject of wabi-sabi. Thanks, as always, for your lovely blog.

  2. Mark MacLean says:

    Hi Megan

    Ah, you’ve restored my faith in humanity and the blogosphere! That’s a beautiful definition of wabi sabi in your post, so elegant and concise.

    I think too that your comment about the “struggle between green and grey” sums up my feelings on the creeks/drains, that liminal zone between land and water in urban environments. So much to see and think about! Such a lovely big world out there, and so much of it being examined and described in this wonderful blogs.

    Keep posting!

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