Why do you want perfection?

Perfection is a chimera.  It is one of many human ideas that doesn't exist.  There is not a perfect thing, state or concept.  The concept of perfection itself is flawed.

What I mean by the above statement is we have created this synthetic conception.  Its meaning and substance exists in our cultures and individual minds.  It doesn’t exist in reality.  It furthermore doesn’t even exist in concept. By conceptualizing it, we are led to contradiction.  If we define perfection in the abstract of some concept, that concept is always subject to change by new knowledge and thus by definition can’t be perfect.  The very idea of perfection leads to a contradiction even in theory.  One problem with perfection is it is always applied to things.  Perfection itself is meaningless without reference to that which it applies.  And the worst contradiction would be if we simply consider perfection the concept unapplied to be perfect.  It would be completely meaningless, because a concept without an application has no relevancy at all. Tadao Ando, the architect said once:" Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay and death. It is simple, slow and uncluttered- and it revers authenticity above all".

When we try to do too much  and don’t allow ourselves the space to process information and emotions we become easily a victim. 

I may not consider myself a perfectionist yet I do have high standards and am very particular about offering great service to people and being reliable.  But often these type of standards mean that  people like me and probably you if you are reading this, sacrifice our mental and physical health in the pursuit of perfection.

 

Ask yourself this final question:

                      Perfection is a challenge for me or not? 

 

Manuela Vasiliu