The Perfect State of Human Imperfection

In life we chase many, many things. One of these pursuits is utopian perfection. Not a good idea! To me, imperfection isn’t a sin or a source of shame. It’s a must for our spiritual growth and mental health. So, how about we change gears and aim for real-life perfection; a rather conceivable and down-to-earth ideal that gives us a sense of purpose instead of defeat.


There’s this insightful quote from Leonard Cohen (Canadian singer and writer). It goes like this, “There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” While contemplating this piece of wisdom, and keeping it in mind, let’s answer these questions.

What’s more beautiful? Flawless faces or beauty marks that look like chocolate drops? Flawless faces or freckles that float like wild seaweed? Flawless faces or dimples that twitch like Christmas lights?

What’s more beautiful? Flawless bodies or pregnancy stretch marks? Flawless bodies or wrinkles that scream, “I have lived a full life!”? Flawless bodies or scars that testify of how much we can endure?

Who’s more praiseworthy? A capitalist whose only concern is to preserve the inheritance and breed more wealth or a not so very successful small-business owner who’s willing to go all out for the sake of personal development?

Who’s more intriguing? An established artist whose performance falls in line with what should be done to produce “marketable art”, or a free spirit who makes indie art that clearly shows the inner self without any censorship?

What’s more righteous? Blackness in which the light is trapped or a brightness behind which there’s no shadow play? What credit is there for us if we’ve been good simply because we have never been exposed to a difficult life or trauma?

What’s more challenging? Being a well-balanced individual from a well-balanced background living and working in a well-balanced environment – with all due respect to what this person had to overcome – or turning into a balanced person despite being raised in the ghetto, despite having an abusive parent, or despite hearing voices in his head?

What’s more substantial? Talents and dreams that have never been put to the test or flaws and misadventures that actually teach us something?


Friends and readers, I hope that my questions haven’t bothered you in any way. They are here to tell you that life isn’t black or white all the time. More often than not, life is full of irregularities, absurdities, and complications. But this is what adds romance and meaning to it.

Therefore, facing the ghost of imperfection starts with us accepting the fact that life is irregular and incomplete most of the time. Afterwards, we can train ourselves to become kinder and more forgiving towards our shortcomings. The important thing is to keep trying.

Repeat this to yourself. My imperfection, whatever it is, isn’t a sin or a curse. It’s a form of perfection without which I’m plain and dull. You see? The answer lies in the fact that it’s not what we look at that matters, it’s what we see. We can never beat imperfection, so how about we aim for progress, rather than perfection. We can always improve our perception of life and beauty. It’s fun, trust me.


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