This old building, I found in western Manitoba, was one of my favourites until it sank into this pond. I thought it was beautiful. Until then I enjoyed it. Joy can be short-lived, but that does not make it less real.
Wabi-sabi is a philosophy that is a determined opponent of soulless consumption. It resists consumer society that insists always on something new. It cherishes the old. It reject the modern fetish of the new. It accepts the old for what it is—something of lasting durable value, even where the outer appearance is shabby is worn. The real value of the thing remains. It is what endures, no matter what blows are suffered upon it. Until it disappears that is.
It is only the dull, shallow, and shabby who no longer appreciate old thing or old people. People who are swindled by the temptation of shiny appearances, baubles in other words, are the same ones who can no longer recognize true value. There is an enduring value in things that the genuine conservative wants to preserve. The conservative wants to conserve the valuable no matter how old or no matter how likely to decay and die.
Those who don’t see the enduring value think that time spent on repairing, protecting, or restoring is time wasted. So often in today’s shallow world as soon as something is apparently not working as well as it should it is discarded. Not only is that wasteful, it is foolishness. The person of Wabi-Sabi cherish what is of enduring value.