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Striving for perfection – why bother?

Be it a perfect grade, a perfect soufflé, a perfect score, or a perfect life, every person can relate to the desire to attain ‘perfection.’ For many, the inability to reach this goal causes immense disappointment and feelings of powerlessness, especially when it is the perfection of society that we seek. Why?

What’s so good about being ‘perfect?’ I believe the pursuit of perfection is meaningless; why? Well let me ask you this: what is perfection?

Perfection is worthless. I know that’s a strong statement, but allow me to explain before you judge me. Perfection is too much an opinion to be taken seriously. Don’t make the mistake of thinking I’m talking about ‘perfection’ in terms of standards of quality; I’m talking about perfection in the eyes of others. My mother once told me that the perfect man for me is one who won’t be addicted to gambling, or alcohol, or cigarettes or drugs. He should have a good heart, and most of all he must be handsome. Being my mother, it’s expected she would want good-looking grandchildren, but that really struck a heart-string. I don’t mind if I marry someone good-looking, but I feel that if I fall for someone beautiful who is a consistent thorn in my side or a negative influence on my well-being and mental health, what good would that do any child of mine?

I don’t like the word ‘perfect’ for it does not exist in nature, nor will you find any perfect humans. Only in the most sophisticated research laboratories can the proposed definition of perfect exist, (perfect sphere, perfect conditions, etc.) within error.

So hold your standards high, but by no means be hardheaded. The worst thing a person can try to do is be perfect in the eyes of other people, as it is quite impossible to please everyone. That’s why the people will always dislike the government, no matter who is in charge.

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