I love the marriage of Wabi Sabi and Democracy in this post. Wabi Sabi is – in a single sentence imperfect sentence – a Japanese philosophy that there is beauty and utility in that which is imperfect.
True democracy is daily imperfection. It is the muttered mindfulness of the prayer:
“grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”
And that is democratic Wabi Sabi.
winter lingers still
white beneath green cedar boughs
sushi covered in maggots
of where is your kireji
lend me your change