Kintsugi is the Japanese art of mending broken ceramics with a special lacquer containing expensive gold. The video above by The School of Life reminds us to apply the Zen philosophy behind this art to our view of ourselves and others.
“In a world that worships youth, perfection, and the new, the art of Kintsugi contains a particular wisdom as applicable to our own lives as it is to pots,” the soothing narrator says. “The care and love expended on the shattered pieces should also encourage us to respect what is damaged and scarred, vulnerable and imperfect, starting with ourselves and those around us.”
There’s a beauty in even broken things — and when mended with such attention and care, made even more beautiful.
Eastern Philosophy — Kintsugi [YouTube]