Wabi-Sabi The Antithesis of OCD

I recently learned of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. It essentially means an acceptance of imperfection, incompleteness or impermanence in regards to beauty. You may find pottery or furniture made to deliberately be imperfect.

The West and their influence has been to celebrate perfection. We see this in everything from design to fashion. We now see a celebration of OCD online with ‘satisfying’ or ‘unsatisfying’ titles. We see our role models determined to stay youthful and beautiful with Photoshop erasing the realities. We have allowed ourselves to be told that perfection is attainable, desirable and even expected. Everyday people check their social media to see contrived images of everyone else looking and doing better

Wabi-sabi is the antithesis of everything we have strived for in our lives but perhaps a little wabi-sabi would alleviate the eating disorders, depression, jealousy and angst our societies are now riddled with.


© 2018 David G Chambers. All rights reserved.

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David Chambers grew up in Coventry in the 80's and 90's. A time and place not known for literature, he was never the less raised on a road named after Robert Louis Stevenson. His walk to school took him through roads named after Joseph Addison, Rudyard Kipling and Charles Dickens. Oblivious to the inspiration he followed his career advisor into engineering and spent the next couple of decades forgetting his earlier love of reading and writing stories. Finally, a change of role left him with lots of flights and nights in hotels. After filling his spare time with reading he decided it was time to create his own stories and finally put pen to paper.

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