Leonard Koren. “Exquisite Decay” Utne Reader Sept.-Oct. 2001. p. 52
All things are imperfect. Nothing that exists is without imperfections. When we look closely at things, we see the flaws. The sharp edge of a razor blade, when it is magnified, reveals pits, chips, and variegations, And as things begin to break down and approach the primordial state, they become even less perfect, more irregular, and perhaps more lovely.
Note the hesitation “perhaps more lovely.” The passage about imperfection is sandwiched between “All things are impermanent” and “All things are incomplete.” Transitory becoming. Beauty is passing but also returning. Maybe.
The excerpt published in the Utne Reader is taken from the book Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers.
And so for day 987