Unfinished Finish

The non sequitur operates less like the lone tender shoot in a vase than a klang.

The struggle of the tree to overcome the relentless forces of the environment can be found in its every fibre. Its fight for life, staged over the centuries, is clear in the grains and the knots, in the branches that have striven to catch the energy from the sun and the roots that have sought food and stability in the soil. There are trees with gnarly barks and unique shapes that represent some of nature’s most engaging sculptures, for they are the perfection of imperfection.

Andrew Juniper
Wabi Sabi: the Japanese Art of Impermanence

The “perfection of imperfection” phrase is a blight. A meaningless paradox (which is perhaps the source of its meaning).

perfection: etymology – from the Latin – to complete

As such the paradox rests at the terminus of the paragraph, an apt situation. However the completion theme is discordant because of the invocation of the cycle of nature prior to its concluding appearance:

The tree grows from a seed and will eventually, move the course of a few hundred years, reach the end of its life and then return to the soil where its decay will sustain other trees. The struggle of the tree […]

Apotheosis of the aesthetic object doesn’t quite work in this setting. Perfection and completion remain but way stations. Of interest, passing.

And so for day 2174

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