I believe in counterbalance. I also believe in the esthetic that's important to me. About a year ago I posted how my username and output on @ello was going to be about wabi-sabi. The link to that is on my bio, so visitors know. Since then much has moved here toward the neon, the plastic, the 3D gif. Today I reclaim this space as mine. I don't have to agree with in-house creators of what's valuable to see. I also slowly moved away from me. Posting frequency sure, many of us feel/felt betrayed. But also content. I didn't follow-through on wabisabi. I'm not going to post like I'm on steroids now either. I feel Ello works for me at arm's length. Wabi sabi (yes, there are many ways to spell it and I'm making it easier for those who may search) is important to me! Things made before digitization are important to me! Being a ballast is important to me! Promoting wabi-sabi is important to me!
Wabi sabi acknowledges three things: “nothing is perfect, nothing lasts, and nothing is finished.” So, at first glance, it seems to celebrate the very thing that causes suffering. Yet, Basho found that wabi sabi led to enlightenment. So what is going on here? Basho himself studied Zen for several years and traveled in disguise as a Zen priest, yet he clearly became attached to people and places, wept openly beside ancient battlegrounds and other sites of romance or valor. He suffered gladly the pains of attachment and sympathy, identified with nature and its pathos. Either he was not very disciplined in his Buddhist practice, or he understood something about attachment and loss that we could do well to learn.
— Richard R. Powell
the cicada's cry
drills into the rocks.
— Matsuo Bashō