In most of the cultures, there’s a belief if something is broken than it is out of value.
When there is a crack in a porcelain vase, for instance, we may throw that vase out. In some cultures, keeping cracked things in porcelain bring bad luck to the home. So we separate the imperfect because it doesn’t fit our relation with perfection. If the vase was a human being, would you not be interested in him/her because of an imperfect situation? I hope you would. Otherwise, this would ruin your relationship. But I think we have a tendency to like perfection and we don’t like getting imperfect results.
In Japanese art and culture, it is believed that the damaged object is more valuable than itself. Instead of hiding the imperfection, they repair it with gold dust with respect so that we can get lessons from our cracks/pains and we become stronger.
Life is not moving continuously in a straight line. It is not a sweet and warm wind surrounding us. It is sometimes against the current, stormy, no eyesight and there may be no wind beneath the wings. The life we think and the life we find may not be as perfect as we hope for. There is no perfect love, no perfect beauty, no perfect friend and no perfect work. With all the imperfections, the wonders of the world wouldn’t be so breathtaking. While perfection is all about embracing our imperfection to strive for better, imperfection is simply a part of being. Just as the arts of Japan, called Kintsugi. The highlighted cracks in a piece of poetry rather than hiding them.
Today, we live in an ecosystem in relation with perfection. Nothing and noone is perfect and actually this is exactly why we are here for. I think we should look at ourselves and consider what we can transform for a better situation. This may be a vase, this may be our ownself, this may be a loved one or this may be a group of people working together, an organisation. What are the cracks? Where is the need to fix? Why do we remodel, reskill, repair and make it living? The less becomes more now, ist it?
There is a potential to create a sustainable future for our world and the life exists on it. Like pieces of cracked plate, we are all connected but all fragile.