We derive satisfaction from the state of completion. If something is to be destroyed, we want assurance that something better will take its place; that is, it’s not destruction that we abhor but destruction in the absence of indemnity.
If you drop a rice bowl and it breaks, you immediately pick up the pieces to see if they can be put back together. Seeing the once-whole rice bowl in its broken and imperfect form evokes feelings of sadness and loss. Even trivial events like this demonstrate our fundamental-to-life preference for completion and perfection.
– Nakamura Tempū