The problem with perfect is that when you fail, you have none of the more flexible human traits to fall back on.*
All of our thinking is imperfect. To think otherwise is to place us in danger – small and large.
Who wants perfect, though? How can we improve on perfect? We may as well move into the museum right now.
Of course, we know there isn’t such a thing as perfect. We only act as if there is. If our thinking is perfect then why are we living on a dangerously warming planet?
Our thinking and choices hold hands. Of choice Elle Luna remarks:
‘there is a recurring choice in life, and it occurs at the intersection of two roads. We arrive at this place again and again’.**
So which is the perfect choice, the perfect road?
There’s a deep humility to be discovered and enjoyed in embracing our imperfection. We’re one species among thousands upon thousands on an astonishing planet. Reflecting on America’s national parks, Terry Tempest Williams wonders:
‘how might these public commons bring us back home to a united state of humility’?^
Williams quotes writer Jack Turner when he claims,
“The purpose of life is to see.”^^
I appreciate this, as someone recently helped to see things more clearly.
(*From Seth Godin’s blog: What do you aspire to be?)
(**From Elle Luna’s The Crossroads of Should and Must.)
(^From Terry Tempest Williams’ The Hour of Land.)
(^^Jack Turner, quoted in Terry Tempest Williams’ The Hour of Land.)