A simple thought on Perfection:
We frequently see two contrasting models of personal production: perfectionism and slacking. These two are natural opposites, and so we can only search in vain for the point of righteousness (“balance”) in between.
Perfectionism and slacking represent two unhealthy extremes of much subtler principles: excellence and reason. The perfectionist craves excellence without constraint, whereas the slacker will reason and rationalise away the necessity for excellence.
In this tug of war we can be encouraged by two sure things:
- Righteousness cannot be inherited, and so we are all born and bred with a bias for either excellence or reason
- But all righteousness is attained, and so each one of us must grow into this beautiful harmony: excellence within reason
The Finch – 25 April 2012