Wabi comes from the Japanese term, wabi-sabi, which points to imperfect, incomplete or, impermanent beauty. Wabi on its own implies "subdued, austere beauty", while sabi is "rustic patina". In our culture selling Jeff Koons and Damian Hirst as beauty, a rustic patina knows its place and stays there (but I'm sure it wouldn't mind a cool mill from time to time).
Which isn't to say they don't have their place at the end of this Kali Yuga... a bit like Kitchi-Sabe, the immortal spiritual beast of the woods. When I lived in Lax Kwalaams, I heard countless stories of encounters, whether by sight or sound... it made its presence felt from time to time.
There definitely is a certain beauty to a "being" able to not only cause a myth to be created about itself... and thus be left alone (rather than endlessly hunted like a bear so as to be fitted on a trophy plank for a glutinous boardroom), but to remain on the contours of our imagination to this day... to the extent that tv shows are still being produced... with toxic masculinity as the star trying to outwit it.
Sabe also means "savvy", and I can't think of a better word to describe our friend.
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