Blog name

I am in search of a new name for my blog.  Kevin feels I should keep the old one I do see his point but I am still going to change it.

For now I am looking at calling the blog “Wabi Sabi” a Japanese term which roughly acknowledges three simple ideas nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.  Something I felt fits with blogging.

To quote Wikipedia:-

The words wabi and sabi do not translate easily. Wabi originally referred to the loneliness of living in nature, remote from society; sabi meant “chill”, “lean” or “withered”. Around the 14th century these meanings began to change, taking on more positive connotations.[1] Wabi now connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and man-made objects, or understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.

Wabi and sabi both suggest sentiments of desolation and solitude. In the Mahayana Buddhist view of the universe, these may be viewed as positive characteristics, representing liberation from a material world and transcendence to a simpler life. Mahayana philosophy itself, however, warns that genuine understanding cannot be achieved through words or language, so accepting wabi-sabi on nonverbal terms may be the most appropriate approach.

Not sure if the name will stick but I thought I would give it a try for a week or so.

3 thoughts on “Blog name

  1. Michael, when you break down wabi-sabi to the three simple ideas that nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect, I can totally see the parallels with blogging. But I have never seen it broken down like that before, it is considered quite a complex idea by the Japanese (as mentioned in wikipedia, one that may be best expressed non-verbally). So I think that even to people who understand the term your use of it will seem quite strange. Just my opinion of course.

  2. Thanks for the feedback Steven. I tend to agree with you after trying it out for a week or so I don’t like the name almost as much as the previous one. I am thinking of maybe going for something very simple, still mulling it over so I won’t spoil the surprise 🙂

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