Smith: Beauty through Brokenness, Chattanooga's Choice

photo Robin Smith

On July 16, our great community was viciously attacked in a targeted act of terrorism. How do we know it was terrorism? Simply look at the definition of the term: "the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear."

Just as a rape victim is assailed and fractured by violence, then left with a lifetime of scars, Chattanooga won't be the same. Yet our beauty may intensify from these changes.

The Japanese art of Kintsugi takes broken pottery and repairs the cracks and breaks with a lacquer dusted with gold, silver or platinum.