The Order of Here-And-Now

By Nina Watts

Nothing this week.


I found this week’s discussion of “the order of here-and-now” to be very interesting. The concept helped me better understand the idea of form. I think form is a kind of “counterbalance” to evanescence (Inouye 62). “The order of here-and-now” stems from the idea that there is an order, or form, that exists in our evanescent world (Inouye 60). This is the idea behind the many Japanese cultural formalities, such as bowing, applied to everyday life (Inouye 61).  I really like that the idea is to treat each moment with respect, for “To move through space humbly is to worship, to experience the sacred” (Inouye 56). I think it’s really interesting that the Japanese have incorporated somewhat religious practices into every day life. I thought this reflected the Buddhist concept of mindfulness. I found it sad that many people have lost sight of the meaning of these cultural formalities. People have just accepted them as just shikitari, or “the way things are done” (Inouye 61). The mindful principles behind the formalities become lost “because the formal life that appropriateness supports generates meaning not by insight but by sight” (Inouye 63). I really enjoyed learning about the meaning behind Japanese cultural formalities. I like that they’re spiritual in origin and am still really enjoying seeing how everything plays into evanescence and form.

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