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wiki - sabi

wikipedia (I read at wikipedia) adopts the wabi-sabi aesthetic: 'acceptance of the state of ongoing imperfection', in software applications and information in general. So let me jot down an ongoing, imperfect list, here.

"a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing."
"nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect."
"Wabi originally referred to the loneliness of living in nature, remote from society."
"sabi meant "chill", "lean" or "withered."
"Wabi now connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance."
"quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object."
"sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs."
"imperfect quality, imperfect reliability - rust."
" liberation from a material world and transcendence to a simpler life."
"acceptance and contemplation of the imperfection, constant flux, and impermanence of all things."

"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There's a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in."

Leonard Cohen

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That is one of my favorite quotes from Cohen.
Yeh? Sweet. One liners that cut thru the crap are joy :)

My favourite quotes is from John Cage: 'I have nothing to say and Im saying it.'

I re-read the definitions of each term you posted. It is very interesting how the terms have evolved over time, considering that in order to apprehend the concept, one has to juxtapose the two, and that according to one's space/time location, the concept could point to quite various experiences, as the two terms each become within their own space. Fascinating. That they made it this far is a testament to their utility in helping us.