Perfect is an illusion Efficiency and Application April 6, 2020 – Posted in: Consciousness – Tags: perfect, perfection, samuri
Nothing anyone does will ever be perfect. Not one hundred perfect at least. The decimal point for further perfection continues forever. It’s like searching for infinity;
For example, if perfect was possible, no improvement could ever be made on anything once it has been deemed perfect. It would be a sad condition for humanity to attain the illusion of perfect one day.
Perfect is a judgment on the value of an act of creation. Even the greatest paintings, the greatest sports victories, the greatest inventions, and the greatest accomplishments are riddled full of imperfections and mistakes.
In this way, we can say that nothing is perfect. Or we can flip this concept on its back and say that everything is.
When we say something is perfect, we simply mean that it fulfills its function or design at a higher than average level. This is about as close as we can get to perfect.
Perfect is an illusion Efficiency and Application
Taking this into account, we shouldn’t focus on perfection because we already know it is a faulty concept. Even if perfection were possible, it would only be perfect for a certain use or function.
Imagine you have the perfect brain but no way to communicate the knowledge inside you.
Or you have the perfect phone, but a faulty battery.
You could be the perfect engineer but you work in a failing company.
As you can see, even if perfect fulfills its function, it is still completely useless without the correct environment and application.
In the film The Last, the Samurai dies with the realization that all blossoms of a tree are perfect whereas earlier in the film he talked about his illusion before where he thought not a single cherry blossom was perfect.
“You could spend your entire life looking for one(perfect cherry blossom), and it would not be a wasted life”.
The truth is our imperfections are what make us unique human beings.
Later in the film, His last words as he watched cherry blossoms blowing in the wind were:
“They are all perfect”
The man realized that nature is perfect and there are no mistakes in the bigger plan. Nature doesn’t calculate, it simply adapts or lives or dies, but each life and death serves a function and is thus already perfect.
When we consider our projects and the things we do we need to decide how good is good enough. Some projects need to be done with 70 percent accuracy, other projects require 99 percent accuracy.
Performing a project that requires only 70 percent accuracy at 99 percent accuracy is often wasted time and energy.
Nature understands this and allows for plants to die and nourish stronger offspring and the same goes for all levels of nature. Sometimes projects are designed to fail with the only intention being short-term application.
We should never get caught in perfection to the detriment of other important projects. Each illusion task should be as efficient as possible but we shouldn’t be wasting time, energy, or vital resources to reach perfection.