Perfection is abstract
Abstract concepts are subjective
To every individual
They seem to be distinctive
Yet no pair of eyes
Can claim objective observation
And thus if they see it
It’s their perception of perfection
But since nobody is perfect
And since there is no universal definition
Nobody has the ability to be perfect
By the inherent virtue of perfection
Though on their own they can
Strive for their self-defined ideal
But once they reach and cease
There would be no progressive fuel
This lack of impetus
Would stop further innovation
And a stagnant world would spiral
Into its own rot and degradation
And thus we return to the web
Of subjectivity and motivation
And to the existential crisis
The Shakespearean question;
The possibility to be
Or not to be
That weaves a delicious irony
Of perfection and imperfection
Do you know why we have so many matrimonial services? Because it is difficult to find the perfect life partner. Everyone has a different nature and nurture, and therefore, a very different view of what a ideal being is. Furthermore, their perceptions keep evolving with time.
For instance, in the 17th Century, the society defined a perfect, accomplished woman as one well-versed in a variety of homely arts and social etiquette (Sense the sensibilities of Pride and Prejudice here?). Had the society remained constant in its views of a perfect women, we would still be afflicted with gender roles today. The world would have made no progress.
Take another example. If we had believed that the first phones invented were absolutely flawless, we would have never made smart phones. We would have not invented beyond a certain creative threshold.
That is why it is said that “Forget perfection. There is a crack in everything. That is what lets the light get in.” In other words, we can always find potential for improvisation in every sphere.
However, let us assume for a moment that it is indeed possible to achieve perfection. To begin with, is there any universally agreed upon definition of what that may entail? Your version of perfection may very well be flawed to me. Perfection, therefore, lies in the eyes of the beholder.
The only perfect persona we can achieve is the one that we conceive. For that, we keep on improving and changing for the better. In other words, we strive to be more perfect than before. And herein lies the irony of trying to be perfect but not having the ability to become so.
In short, while nobody is perfect, everyone has the ability to overcome any imperfections in the constant endeavor for self-development where sky is the limit.
– Akanksha Gupta