Striving for PerfectionMature

What is the one thing that we all can say as humans that we strive for?


Even if you are the most down trodden person in the history of the universe and have not even a glimmer of cheerfulness to spare in your soul, you still have a bit of hope that you will be able to find something that will make you content.

In our search for whatever is going to give us this contentment, if we find a way to obtain it, a lot of us will even try to go farther than that. For some strange reason, it’s not enough for us to have enough. We feel like we have to know it all, see it all, and have it all. We are constantly striving for this perfect world, where we don’t have awkward conversations with people, because we know exactly what to say, and we don’t fall in love with the wrong person, because we know that rebellious kid is going to end up in the back of a police car one day, and we don’t have to apply to 100 jobs, because we get accepted to the job of our dreams on the first try.

I don’t think that we as humans are supposed to be perfect. We all strive for it in some way through religious and spiritual paths, and methodical, logical ways, but I can’t bring myself to believe that we should be perfect. Perfect is boring. It’s the ultimate end game.  Think about it; do you really want to know absolutely everything, from the time that you enter this world until you die? That defeats the entire purpose of experience in the first place. Yeah, it sucks when you go through really awkward or unfortunate events, but the struggle to get through those rough patches are what make life the most awesome and enjoyable experience ever. A perfect world is a dead world in a sense. There’s no more room for improvement, no need for experience, no more change after you’ve reached perfection. You literally have no purpose other than to come and do whatever and succeed without a doubt.

Let’s look at this from a religious stand point. For our purposes, let’s say God made everything, including us. I feel like if God wanted us to be perfect, He would have done it, right? He can do anything, so it wouldn’t have been a task for Him to make every human being flawless. In that case, Adam and Eve would be alive and well, and more than likely, God wouldn’t have made the fruit of knowledge to test them, because no one would ever have eaten it. So why didn’t He do it?

Food for thought: We all have vice, whether we are aware of them or not. They are often the things that drive our personalities and our choices in life. What if God has a vice? What if that vice is love? So how will He make sure that He can get that love? By making a being that will try to give it to Him. He promises something that will give us happiness and perfection: to become like Him and live eternally in the afterlife. In return, He gives us things to do to show that we love Him, and we do them with hope that He’ll give us what he wants. Maybe God made us imperfect for this reason, so that we would always need Him, because He needs us. Maybe we are God’s vice.

No matter the reason for our flaws, I would like to propose that we accept them, for they are the very things that make life worth living. Never reaching perfection, but somehow loving this world where the possibilities are endless, the emotions intense, and the experiences amazing.

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