How many times have you heard the expression “nobody’s perfect?”
Perfection is a construct that has been battled and argued for some time in our human history. Unfortunately, it has proven difficult for individuals to either conform or be conformed to such an ideal. Perhaps the reason for that is simply because each individual reasons in a unique manner despite having been processed through school, church, and jobs to conform everyone to think and behave in the same way.
Perhaps there is a planet out there where its inhabitants think in such a way that it fills our human understanding of perfection. Until that planet or that civilization is met, human beings will have to make due with conditions here as they are… or will they? What is stopping them? Is it necessary to have everyone on the same page in order to improve? Who says that it is even a matter of necessity? Why not a matter of course? When it comes to the improvement of things or situations, who says that whatever or whomever is being improved needs to be improved to a state of perfection? Just what the hell is perfection anyway?
Many institutions have attempted to define that for the minds they train. Unfortunately, what one institution has taught will clash with what the other has taught. Without a form of understanding or comprehension (while ultimately keeping an individual sense of principle), there will be conflict. It can be frustrating to demonstrate a point to a person who doesn’t understand either out of sheer lack of comprehension or willful ignorance. In the end, there is no hard-outline that states that all minds must work in the same homogenized manner. It is what some individuals believe perfection is: everyone working and thinking the same way, never rocking the proverbial boat, and never getting into conflict because since all minds work the same, there is no need to bring up points of difference to argue about, hence “peace” and “perfection.”
It is doubtful that anyone has ever considered the impracticality of standardized perfection in the current human construct or see it in a way that is not quite so black and white. The book The Perspective Essays does not attempt in any way to impose a sense of standardized perfection on the reader despite being adamant about some positions. What it does instead is discuss the varying degrees of possibilities that an interaction or response can have, hypothetical as some may be. It is definitely not about being “perfect” but being able to understand and work with a plethora of variables that are out there for any number of situations. Will it be possible for all mentalities to work with all variables? Probably not. However, human beings encounter the ones they do in their individual lives and do their best with what they know to deal with them. Ultimately, at least for the moment, it is what can be done and the book tries to convey that to the reader.
The following video goes in depth discussing perfection and its impact on the human consciousness.