Imperfection and Beauty

There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

– Leonard Cohen, Anthem

That opening quote is from a (recently deceased) legendary singer-songwriter-artist-poet-novelist Leonard Cohen from Canada. He passed away on 7 November 2016. This artist deserves its place as one of the centennial persons of the 20th century.

Everything has cracks. There’s no such thing as perfect in this world. There’s always defects when we look for it. Everything in this world is transitory – worn by time.

If for instance, we see a wall blocking the sun, it is through those cracks that the light burst through and illuminate us. It is through imperfections that we learn to appreciate beauty in every form of existence, living or not. Beauty need limitations for it to be manifested.

In saying this, I do not mean that we shouldn’t strive for perfection. We should always try our best. It’s about pushing our boundaries to new heights! Just always note that we humans are finite beings. There’s always limitations here and there. That is our solace.

Also, when we see something imperfect; God wants us not to judge but to perceive deeper, perceiving aspects of beauty hidden under those imperfections.

Grace exist only within the scope of failures.

Sapere Aude!


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