Beauty Is a Valuable Value to Balance Climate Change

And it’s easily overlooked in our busy days of need and want

Desiree Driesenaar
Jan 8 · 4 min read
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The art of Kintsugi. Repairing with beauty. Picture: SEBASTIEN MARTY via Pixabay

ost people wanting to save the earth aren’t looking towards beauty as a saving principle. But it can be a big help in the vast job we have to do to heal our destructive past and find new ways for a regenerative future.

We can look at climate change as just a matter of reducing CO2 and then come to the conclusion that solar panels and windmills will solve all. Well, my friends, think again. If we keep up the longing for products we don’t need, made of materials that are not abundantly available and are not biodegradable, we are lost anyway.

Instead, if we embrace the notion that all of our possessions should be beautiful, useful, and durable, we would have a completely different world. No pollution, vibrant resilient local economies, and attention to what’s really important in life. Value. Instead of just money.

With this story, I’ll touch hearts first. Give practical suggestions next. And then paint a future of regeneration.

Beauty is a value. And if we start occupying ourselves with (imperfect) beauty, it’ll be much easier to birth a more beautiful world.

Beauty is a longing
of our heart.

Beauty is a valuable value.

Beauty isn’t perfect,
beauty isn’t vain.

Beauty is a longing
of our heart.

Repairing a Broken World

Do you know Kintsugi? Kintsugi is the art of repairing with beauty. Please don’t miss this wonderful story about Kintsugi, written by Jennifer Geer.

“Kintsugi is not just a method for fixing broken pottery, it’s a philosophy and it’s intertwined with other Japanese philosophies.
- Wabi-sabi — the belief in the beauty of imperfections.
- Mottainai — the regret of wasted things.
- Mushin — the acceptance of change and fate.”
— Jennifer Greer

With Kintsugi, we can glue broken shards with gold and create wonderful new patterns. It can be applied to pottery. But as Jennifer points out, it can also be applied to many other broken beings. Such as countries, economies, societies, and our planet.

But let’s make it practical for now.

How does it work in our daily lives?

  • Choose products that are beautiful, useful, and durable.
  • Choose products with more than one function, so you can fulfill your need without extra resources taken from the planet.
  • Choose products that can be repaired when broken.
  • Fix your product in such a way that it’s a beautiful new product instead of an ugly, repaired one with less value than the original.
  • Whenever you repair something, add value and make it into something more beautiful than before.

Repairing Your Broken Spirit

Our world is broken. I’m the first to admit it. I see the damage we do every day by our human destructive patterns. We pollute, we create waste, and we are not willing to look closely at our own patterns and change them.

Governments are the problem.

Companies are the problem.

Individual citizens are the problem.

And change is so hard if we don’t know where to start and keep pointing to each other to make sure they change first.

“If you want to change the world, start with yourself.”

Mahatma Gandhi.

Starting with ourselves might begin with these two steps:

1.Strike the words guilt and shame out of your dictionary

You are good enough. Definitely! We live in a system that has toxic patterns and triggers. It’s not your fault that the world is broken. However, it’s not anybody else’s fault either. So, stop shaming and blaming others, too.

We are all hypocrites in this broken system. But it doesn’t mean that we cannot take our own personal next step.

2.Stop perfection and start creating instead of consuming

Do you know Wabi-Sabi? The Japanese interpretation of beauty?

“Characteristics of wabi-sabi aesthetics and principles include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and the appreciation of both natural objects and the forces of nature.”
— Wikipedia

Wabi-Sabi is a great philosophy to embrace. Stop the perfectionism and start flowing in life. Creating beauty everywhere you go.

Creating the Beautiful Future

With a large group of people, we are working to create a regenerative future. What does that mean? It means we are healing the currently broken world in all her aspects. And we are making sure that the new patterns and triggers of economies and societies will not be destructive anymore.

They will be regenerative. Regeneration is a term from biology.

In biology, regeneration is the process of renewal, restoration, and tissue growth that makes genomes, cells, organisms, and ecosystems resilient to natural fluctuations or events that cause disturbance or damage. Every species is capable of regeneration, from bacteria to humans. — Wikipedia

Our cells and our ecosystems are able to heal themselves. And that’s what we want for human systems as well. We want them to work like ecosystems, interact with them, and create resilience.

But we want even more. We want our human systems to take up their rightful (but modest) space on the planet. Focus on basic needs. And allow space for other humans and other species too.

The balancing factor on our planet is biodiversity. The balancing factor for humans will be human diversity. Let’s all contribute one step at a time. By understanding other people, by choosing our own products wisely.

Happy creating the regenerative future, my friends.

If you want to connect, you can find me somewhere on this beautiful planet. My hands in the soil and my gaze focused on the stars. Or you can find me via Linktree.

© Désirée Driesenaar

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Desiree Driesenaar

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Curious about life. Systemic, upstream solutions. Aligning economy, ecology, and the human spirit. Free spirit. ✽

Climate Conscious

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Desiree Driesenaar

Written by

Curious about life. Systemic, upstream solutions. Aligning economy, ecology, and the human spirit. Free spirit. ✽

Climate Conscious

Building a collective vision for a better tomorrow