Perfection is Impossible

Perfection is impossible if you are a learning being and, we humans are learning beings.

 

In an infinite learning-better process, perfection is not possible.  No matter when we define a perfection achieved, around the corner, a better awaits.  Because it is transitory, perfection changes continuously into imperfect.  However, if one is programmed to learn and then become better at learning through learning, would that not be a state of perfection?

 

Considering this idea, and since, we humans, have brains that change themselves - we are already in a state of perfection - learning better.

 

What could be more valuable to this world,  than a learning being who is continually trying to learn more?  

 

We are born exquisite investigative scientists.   A baby is an absolute learning sponge proving the innocence of our natural excellence.  Unlike other animals, our brains and most recently our modern frontal lobes, have rewarded us with the process of reflecting and pondering.  This process has increased our learning capabilities by producing perpetually deepening complex questions.  

 

The questions that our insatiable curiosity produces, burn and churn in our gut until we find answers.  

 

Human's curiosity births a thirst for knowledge causing a desire to investigate, explore and analyze.  This constant scrutiny eventually undergoes another transformation altering into a never-ending search for more knowledge.  

Sadly, in the present negative punitive atmosphere, the process has been perverted by the use of the word, improvement.  The pursuit of endless learning defined as improvement has perverted the learning process.  We have forgotten that we are perfect learning entities and this incessant longing to improve rather than learn has erroneously settled into our being as a subconscious malaise.  Currently, it rumbles in our daily lives, asking for more, devastating us with a sadness.  

 

We can never satisfy its yearning.

 

For how can a curious learning being who has emerged into a profoundly mysterious universe ever satisfy its curiosity?  It is impossible, as is, the attainment of omnipotent perfection.  Just a few years ago, the experts believed that the brain was fixed.  Currently, we have discovered that it's actuality plastic, changing and developing all of our lives.

 

This glitch in our development that our learning neutrality has become perverted by the word improvement, causes us, humans, to consider ourselves ever in need of improvement.  The perception based on the word improvement suggests we are never good enough.  This idea promotes a malaise that comes from never having enough and never being good enough.  In turn, the malaise or never ending sadness causes fear and suffering.

 

If we would only remember and understand that:

a learning being already is the perfection it seeks, we could then relax and enjoy learning, instead of always feeling less than -  because we ever have more to learn.

 

 

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Comments (35)

  1. Dino01

    Yes, perfection would mean to know it all which is practically impossible for a human to achieve. Not even Leonardo Da Vinci could have been perfect even though he was genius in many subjects because he still must have been ignorant in some others and therefore must have acted incorrectly. You make an interesting point about improvement and feeling never being good enough. Maybe we should just feel good about our capacity to learn and find joy in it. We should also probably just feel good about all the things we already know and learned. We should not suffer because of the things we don’t know yet. This way, we will probably feel happier with ourselves and learn to love us a little more.

    June 11, 2017
    1. greunie

      What lovely words you leave me! Thank you. I will add to your Da Vinci reference that he only was able to learn what his era allowed him and in this, you know much more than Da Vinci did when he was here.

      June 11, 2017
      1. Dino01

        I very much enjoy your thoughts as well. Keep them coming!

        June 12, 2017
  2. croker

    Perhaps perfection lies in accepting ourselves as we are and to cease yearning to be what we are not.

    June 11, 2017
    1. greunie

      I am not sure what you read but that’s the point of my blog; to accept ourselves with the understanding that our continuously learning program is perfection. When we yearn to be what we are not, it is because we believe we are not good enough.

      June 11, 2017
      1. greunie

        I forgot!

        June 11, 2017
      2. croker

        Just encapsulating in one sentence your blog.

        June 11, 2017
        1. greunie

          Your one sentence though does not communicate that the yearning is part of being a learning being – what needs altering is the idea that if one learns something, one has improved somehow and although one has expanded one’s knowledge base, improve means bettering and leaves a residue of not having been as good as. I think it is because of the high rewards we place on people’s paces of learning. Whenever someone learns something in my company, invariably, they qualify not knowing with some kind of explanation, communicating that they feel awkward they did not know something. I notice this in dance class when new choreography is presented and everyone groans because they can’t get it immediately. They even will express things like – geez – why can’t I get this – I feel stupid. This to me reveals something amiss.

          June 11, 2017
  3. magnocrat

    You have forgotten hedonism which motivates the majority for sometime at least. Go out on a Saturday night are all the revellers intent on learning? Learning for humans is a means to an end ; initially it was our means of survival and within human society it is a means of domination. The baby manipulates its mother for food by learning to cry and throughout childhood children seek to manipulate their parents and others. The student studies not for knowledge but for a better job to earn more money and if possible become top- dog. Switch on the TV you won’t learn much but the entertainment is good. The malaise you speak of is due to the pressure to climb the pyramid of wealth not the pyramid of knowledge.
    Self acceptance and contentment is the answer as pointed out by Croker. Easily said but not so easily done.

    June 11, 2017
    1. greunie

      Yes – from past comments, I have understood that you don’t care for humanity much. We differ in that for I see humanity’s beauty. It isn’t that I don’t notice what you say but I also see another side and that’s the one which I hope someday will spread. For I also see humans sharing with each other with an intent for the good of the all. Of course, we humans also have a self-service aspect, if we didn’t, none of us would be here. I am thinking you are one of the ones who share since your disgust with selfishness is intense. I hope that your disdain does not stop you from exercising that loveliness of yours and hopefully, others will learn from you.

      June 11, 2017
      1. magnocrat

        A fair rebuke and I take it on the chin. You remind me of the Corbyn’s slogan ’ not for the few but the many’. I hope you are right and that our natures will allow the well- being of all to take pride of place.

        June 12, 2017
  4. infinite_ronin

    Conscious perception is the challenger of perfection because it instinctively compares things and designs value according to preference and purpose. That which has no conscious perception only exists in the state of its thoughtless simplicity. The wind compares itself not to the lily pad and the grass not to the clouds and so on. The elimination of perception is perfection made truly pure.

    Our perceptions can help us mold reality into more satisfying forms we desire based on our desires and values. But no matter how great the satisfaction and how solid the logics, we are still limited in our perceptions compared to everything else. As such, we are caught forever in a kind of paradox to forever perfect as you said while at the same time never achieving it. For as Miyamoto Musashi said, "if perfection were achievable, it would lose all its value. Within humanities achievements should lie constantly the makings of its own humility.

    Unfortunately, accepting and practicing this is horribly frightful for most. It demands we always understand we could be wrong or incomplete somehow in whatever we believe and strive for. It is the antithesis of security and certainty. Most brains can only perceive them as being mutually exclusive, incapable of existing in the same space as once. This is not so of course, but nevertheless I think there is an easy solution.

    There is a common saying: “Shoot for the stars.”

    If this is one’s ultimate goal, that is fine, but I advise aiming low and then progressing higher gradually.

    The same with the desire for perfection. Try just aiming for high quality instead. It still achieved greatness while decreasing ones chances of falling victim to tunnel vision, effectively running the risk of alienating other people and ideas that might actually push the quality further than a perfectionist drive. In the meantime, it will also help increase the chance of people maintaining more humility by remembering the fundamental perfection in that what already is and not just the new type being molded from it

    June 11, 2017
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  5. greunie

    Yes – “we will always be wrong and incomplete in whatever we believe and strive for and yes it is the antithesis of security”. But what is security based upon? The fact that we know it all? In the face of what we don’t know, the height of arrogance is to believe we are omnipotent. We are learning beings, adding and expanding as we discover more. It is fear that has produced this false sense of omnipotence, a cover to the truth. To alter the phrase from your comment I used at the beginning of this comment – we will always not have all the information in whatever we believe and strive for and in this, keeping open for more information would benefit us. Why is security based on that – now we know it – rather than – oh boy, there is more to discover and learn?

    June 11, 2017
    1. infinite_ronin

      No. Not what we know. What we believe to be correct in accordance with how we think truth works. Eliminate not a truth, but how the process of uncovering and maintaining truth is the true way to send someone into near irreparable madness.

      People believe often not what, but how they do, because it is not just effective for them in their minds, but helps them feel safer. As animals, we instinctively tend to value forms of dominance hierarchies for the feeling of security for our survival and propogation. Belief and knowledge are forms of territory. Challenge them, particularly at the fundamental level and you meet resistance.

      Believing in static, solid, definite, certain things is easier. Less to juggle. Less chances for being wrong. It’s exceedingly tempting to find excuses to ignore fallibility on this alone. To constantly be open to new ideas and new discoveries that could threaten previously held certainties of belief and understanding at any given moment is threatening to those that value stability.

      Perfection offers stability through certainty. Certainty means safety because it means no surprises. To that which one considers dangerous for whatever reason, there’s few things more valuable.

      This pertains more to those that want to just believe in a perfect thing than actively practice and seek things to a perfection but the latter are hardly immune to it.

      Any time one seeks a perfection, then they will control the defining characteristics of that perfection. They control the territory and thus can become gods of a concept. But it depends largely on if the person seeks perfection of their craft for the sake of it alone, or carry an ulterior motive outside of the craft itself, such as a desire for fame for instance. The former doesn’t usually carry this danger and is more a debate on semantics over the use of the term. The latter, on the other hand, is an example of a desire to secure territory, however immaterial it might seem.

      Perfection is safety. Fallibility is… a reminder of mortality, really. A reminder that no belief, no idea, is truly safe from scrutiny. Therefore, no truth absolutely so no safety absolute. For most… well thus just seems to be a sure fire way to self induce extreme adrenal fatigue and raise blood pressure

      June 11, 2017
      1. greunie

        So are you saying that people are too afraid to learn that perfection does not exist? That they need the security that perfection offers? and that what I wrote has no value?

        June 12, 2017
        1. infinite_ronin

          Hey I responded to this comment a while back after it was posted, but going back to the post, I didn’t see my response. So on the in case some glitch prevented it from posting, here’s my best effort to remember what I wrote:

          I believe I said the answer was “yes” to your first two questions and then I said “no” to the question of what you wrote having no value. All I was attempting to do was elaborate and expand upon the original thing you wrote, particularly because I liked it. I just felt there might be much more depth to the reasoning of why perfection is both so coveted, yet is never actually achievable, yet the delusion that one should achieve it because its so coveted can warp them to forget their own fallibility even as they try acquiring that which is infallible. Its a huge trap of the ego one can fall into as I believe we were both trying to point out albeit in different ways.

          So no. What you said has great value. I was only trying to expand the exploration into the concept you introduced with this blog entry

          June 19, 2017
      2. Nightbane

        " Perfection offers stability through certainty. Certainty means safety because it means no surprises."
        And no change… No challenge… No further possibilty for learning and growth once achieved. It would then seem to me that perfection = stagnation and is therefore a constant headlong flight to destruction.
        I am well reminded of the discussions on how to achieve Nirvana…. I have often thought Nirvana may actually = Oblivion. Then again, it may equal Enlightenment and a whole new relam of existence with new challenges, nw learning, new growth….
        ( Bows to infinite_ronin, the Buddah and the Universe )

        June 19, 2017
  6. drivefaastakechances

    Perfectly imperfect, i am happy to be always learning. Always learning and putting myself into new perspectives and situations. If i could sit on a plane next to one person from history it would be DaVinci. I always imaged DaVinci had friends that were just as inventive and creative; and that he “sold” to his client the roman catholic church so he could have some pennies to party and let his hair down. As i sit reading your piece and the comments, today—yes it has been so long—my perspective has changed yet again, since i last read you. ONE day, Greunie, it would be honor and pleasure to meet you face-to-face, discuss the process of how you get “here”. I am ALWAYS, and more and more lately enamored by the artist’s process. I wish very much to know yours.

    June 13, 2017
    1. greunie
      Unlike your image, I imagine da Vinci not having friends who could relate to his ideas. I think he would have been too way ahead of everyone. He lived in the 1400/1500 era and was drawing helicopter diagrams? I hope he had someone who at least respected him but I am thinking he chose with whom he shared his ideas. But since Leonard can not confirm either of us, I think that your image is the more positive and I hope that’s the one! Meeting you!?? I would love that!

      June 13, 2017
  7. morningafter7

    But then again, how do you define perfection? It seems nearly impossible. As if there is no such thing.

    June 14, 2017
    1. greunie

      Exactly. By the laws of evolution, it is not possible. There is no such thing. Imperfection would then be redefined simply as disadvantageous – for now!

      June 14, 2017
  8. Nightbane

    Yes.

    June 18, 2017
    1. greunie

      However, you are perfect.

      June 18, 2017
      1. Nightbane

        I am perfectly me , yes, " flaws," “foibles,” “idiosyncrasies,” cantankerousness, good, bad, ugly and all, absolutely!

        June 19, 2017
  9. depressedgirl

    Another great blog. Thanks.

    June 19, 2017
    1. greunie

      Hope you are well.

      June 19, 2017
      1. depressedgirl

        I am having a lot of physical problems. But I am trying.

        June 20, 2017
  10. depressedgirl

    No human being is ever perfect.

    June 19, 2017
    1. greunie

      I disagree.

      June 19, 2017
      1. depressedgirl

        Do you think we can be perfect?

        June 20, 2017
        1. greunie

          I don’t think we can be perfect. I think we are perfect! We learn and know more and do better, and is there anything more perfect than that?

          June 20, 2017
          1. depressedgirl

            I know you most like will not agree with me, but the Holy Trinity of 3 are the only Perfect Beings.
            But we are working on being perfect.

            June 21, 2017
            1. greunie

              I will not debate since you are convinced this is a truth.

              June 22, 2017
  11. Moxi

    Exactly. Learning being is perfection.

    June 26, 2017
    1. greunie

      MOXI! So great to see you. Hugs!

      June 26, 2017