Broken Things When repaired Becomes More Valuable
The Japanese craft kintsugi turned into art and a philosophy to inspire the world
There’s an urban legend among newbie boxers says that it’s better to break your nose on purpose to heal thicker and stronger, and it won’t hurt much when it breaks again,
Experts say that it is extremely dangerous because a bad fracture needs a surgeon to heal and while you can position a bone on some degree you can’t do it to your nose because it’s a cartilage and you can’t do the same with the connective tissue, yet it’a as stupid as dangerous because the second time you break your nose it will still hurts like hell,
but when it comes to Kintsugi the Japanese tradition of repairing broken pottery, things takes a different route, Kintsugi as a word means “Gold repair” it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
The most beautiful possession you own are those things that were broken, but then mended with gold, to reserve it’s history and the long journey of an object with additional meaning and value.
As a philosophy, kintsugi is similar to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, it consist of appreciating the imperfect beauty of nature;
in today's world while social media pushes people from the edge of perfectionism into the void of social media depression, people have a growing need for a similar philosophy, to help them back into embracing what they really are with all their imperfect traits, at some point we have to admit the negative impacts of social media on people and especially on teens, it started with distraction, disrupting their sleep, exposing them to bullying, rumor spreading, unrealistic views of other people’s lives and peer pressure, adding to that the unrealistic expectations about body image and sources of popularity, normalization of risk-taking behaviors, and can be detrimental to mental health, but nobody knows where it ends.