Perfection ?

Question of the Day, July 22-23, 2015 Imperfect perfection…

“Sometimes we feel ashamed or frightened by our imperfections, or we strive so hard to overcome them that we successfully close our lives down to a narrow, controllable scale. Spiritual awakening means we have a zest for life and accept our imperfections.” Touchstones Mediation book.

Seems to me that the whole idea of perfection is a con-job. It was a mistake made by early philosophers (Plato one of the earliest recorded, and probably plenty before him) that has been kept alive over the millennia.

With the data we have from modern science, it seems now beyond any shadow of reasonable doubt that perfection is pure myth.

Reality just is what it is.

And by the time anything is big enough for our unaided human eyes to see, it is already way more complex that we could ever hope to appreciate.

We human beings are really complex entities, with vast numbers of interacting systems, and our conscious awareness is a (mostly) singular emergent property on top of that morass of interacting unpredictability.

Perfection is a simplistic notion, a stage that children have to go through, and the sooner they grow through believing in it the better (about the same time they stop believing in Santa Claus is probably appropriate).

We just are what we are.

We get to exercise choice on some things, and the vast bulk of everything we do is a matter of the habits of the levels of pattern within us.

And the choices we make can make profound differences, particularly when they dominate the selection of context within which we interpret and react to a situation.

Imperfection belongs in the same bin as perfection – flip side of the same useless coin.

Acceptance, of self and others.

Choice of the highest context we can manage.

Dancing with the result.

Interesting thing this thing called life, experience, being. 😉

Think I might keep on keeping on as long as possible.

About Ted Howard NZ

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