Posting to Autocat
On 1/27/2016 8:09 PM, J. McRee Elrod wrote:
Apologies for the increasing number of typos in my posts. My eyesight has declined to the point I can’t read what spell check is telling me,
A couple of personal comments;
Contrary to what I had thought, aging is not a steady decline. It is a series of descending levels, with long periods of little change, then several sudden ones.
This is something we all will face sooner or later, if we are lucky enough and sufficiently strong to last so long. Related to this, others may be interested in a series of podcasts put out by an organization led by a British philosopher, Alain de Botton, called “The School of Life”. (https://www.youtube.com/user/schooloflifechannel)
He is making a series of short videos that I think are some of the best things on the web. They are on all kinds of topics: history, philosophy, relationships, and many other topics. There is also an extensive series of videos on art, and one video is about a Japanese concept of aesthetics called “Wabi-sabi” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmHLYhxYVjA). While western ideas of aesthetics concentrate on different kinds of perfection, the Japanese aesthetic of “Wabi-sabi” focuses on the the beauty of the imperfect. So, in the concept of Wabi-sabi, a plate that has been mended can be just as beautiful, or even more beautiful, than a plate that is flawless. The same can be said for buildings (like here in Rome, Italy) or even people.
So Mac, for me, in your posts there are some excellent examples of “Wabi-sabi”–the individuality and real wisdom is only enhanced by the typos.
Please continue to share your unmatched experience.