Contentment Borne Of Insecurity

This love of quality and solidity in possessions is borne of the insecurity that comes from the knowledge that things are impermanent. Getting comfortable with the knowledge of the end of things enables enjoyment of things without fear.

It makes me think of Japanese swords and small art objects such as netsuke and how that compares to houses made of paper and bamboo.

I wonder whether the fact that Japan suffers so many earthquakes is what has brought about this state of mind.