Redefining “Perfect”


Perfect is one of those words that is thrown around carelessly, misapplied liberally, and understood vaguely, with the result that most don’t have a good grasp of what it means.

In our hyper-sexualized society, obsessed with perceived infallibility as we are, perfect has come to mean “without flaws.”
As in, nothing that’s not 100% desirable.  No double edged swords or two sided coins.  No bittersweet.  No blessing/curses.
Purely, completely, and only that which society has deemed attractive.

Perfect has come to mean unattainable fantasy, defined primarily by complexion, body shape, hairstyle, feigned intelligence, and superficial charisma.

Perfect is the enemy of the individual.  It attacks our self-love and tells us that it’s not okay to have a real existence, composed of good, bad, high & low.
No freckles.  No cowlicks.  No accents.  No tempers.  No varied body types.  No different skin colors.  No particular aptitudes.  No mistakes, no learning.  No idiosyncrasies, no quirks, no uniqueness.

No us.

Our culture, imposing the perfect paradigm upon us, tells us that we should strive to be a character invented by the minds of marketers, disseminated by media outlets, and idolized and perpetuated by the public.

A character without flaws.

As though flaws don’t create character.

I protest, and I suggest we adopt a new definition of perfect.  A definition that embraces the fact that we don’t all have to be the same.  We don’t all have to have the same prerequisite look and feel.
A definition that says “what you are is right.”

Perfect.  noun
Needing no further improvement to be good enough.

And I promise you, we’re all perfect.

About Landon

I'm a small town, values-driven family man. I like to learn things, and I like to teach things. I like to read, cook, play music and play outdoors. I enjoy yoga, guns, music, tea, dancing, hiking, and enriching conversation. Professionally, I am a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic, adjunct college faculty, contract educator, dance studio owner, and freelance writer/speaker.
This entry was posted in TrûAwake, TrûGratitude, TrûLore, TrûSelf. Bookmark the permalink.

Share Your Thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s