A throwaway culture and the idea of imperfection.
During the Meiji period in Japan (1860s - 1910s) it was often looked down on to keep garments or furnishings that had been tattered, stained or torn. Thrown outside among the rubble, the poorer communities found purpose in these beautiful textiles, and created Boroboro or, the ‘repair’. An idea that predates all of us, but in today’s ever aware culture, recycling is talked about to the nth degree, and its importance, the preservation of not only our history but our planet. But for people, much like fashion, we are seeing this incredulous way of handling things, “cancel culture, call-out culture, murder culture”.
Get rid of everything when one thing is messed up.
Shame has taken precedence over grace, and condemnation over redemption. As if the purpose of a garment is only the place where it tears or falters. People are not like this. Value is added when you overcome animosity. When we fail, we have this incredible ability to be resilient, to rise up against and in spite of failure - to stand tall again - an act of revenge on the way we were, how we viewed ourselves. Your value does not lie in how others perceive your worth, but with a maddening crowd of mob-mentality, social media has made the pitchfork and torch phase of the past, a stark reality. Young children who falter in school, politicians who say the wrong thing, men and women who speak out against or in favor that goes against the grain: people.
All of us have desperately needed at one time or another, forgiveness and the incredible gift of mercy, but with headlines and limited interaction, we have the opportunity to make wild accusations that surround a person, judging their body of work or life based on one or a few interactions.
People are meant to be appreciated in spite of their failures, to be allotted patience, and the time and room to grow. Without this, doom and despair awaits anyone. Not a soul on this earth leaves it without a mistake accompanying them, and owning it is important, not as a definition of who you are, but as an admission of who you were, and the hard-hitting truth - you can overcome.
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9,5305818 January, 2020
“Hi welcome to gamma phi!” - me 930 times in the past two days #go#greek
A las tormentas, gracias por hacerme resistente. A las tristezas, por hacerme más humano. Al amor, por darme alas. Al miedo, por impulsarme a moverme. A los que decían imposible, por hacerme creer. Y a mí, por no abandonarme. Cada paso era necesario y ahora lo entiendo todo.