Practicing Kintsukuroi in American culture


Kintsukuroi bowl

The American ideals I grew up with and have believed to be true appear broken. The outcome of the Presidential race highlights the problems of race tensions, bigotry, hostility, intolerance, disenchantment - the list could go on. Our ‘Land of the Free' is under attack by fear and now is the time to turn it around.

I recently came across an article about the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, silver or platinum. It is called Kintsukuroi (golden repair) and creates some of the most beautiful pieces of pottery from what others would have thrown out. The Japanese believe that breaks are a part of the history and should not be disguised but incorporated.

As I began to put my head on the events of Tuesday and Wednesday, I became encouraged. Not by the hate and bigotry, but by the love, support, and determination people were posting on Facebook and other social media. I believe now is the time for us to practice Kintsukuroi. We can repair our broken country by using compassion, tolerance, our voices, and love.

We now have an opportunity to step out of our comfort zones and listen to the other side. We can speak out against the wrongs we witness. We can choose to understand the viewpoints and challenges of our neighbors. We can begin to heal the wounds and repair our broken country.

Now that we see the cracks and breaks clearly, we can create a golden repair to make this country beautiful in a new way.

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