Is perfection a reality or an unattainable abstraction? “Perfect” reflection #2

Isn’t it ironic that perfection is such an imperfect concept?

When asked the question “is perfection a reality or an unattainable abstraction?” my immediate reaction is to opt for the secondary answer: perfection is unattainable. However, is it possible that perfection could be both reality and unattainable/ abstract?

Perfection is abstract in the sense that the concept changes shape depending on the views and perspectives of each and every individual on the planet. Everyone has their own individual ideas about perfection, so how would it be possible for anyone to achieve such an unstable concept? Similarly, I believe that there is always room for improvement in everything that we do; therefore, perfection is not possible. If there is always something that can be done to improve, then nothing is ever exactly perfect. And that is okay.

Alternatively, perfection is also a reality. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Ayla, if nothing is ever perfect, then how is perfection real? Well, dearest reader, thank you for asking such an insightful question! The answer is quite simple: perfection is real in the sense that the idea of perfection exists in the minds of millions upon millions of people all over the world. The very thought of perfection brings the concept into being. In other words, perfection is real whether it is attainable or not. It exists in an intangible way and often manifests itself in damaging ways when individuals take risks to achieve such an evasive (un)reality.

I know it may seem odd, but I believe that it is possible for two seemingly opposite ideas/things to exist simultaneously. As a result, I believe that perfection is both real AND an unattainable abstraction.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think perfection is real? What about the  IDEA of perfection? And if the idea of the concept exists, does that not mean that the thing itself must exist as well?

Things are about to get philosophical in the comments, I can feel it! Let me know what you think!




2 thoughts on “Is perfection a reality or an unattainable abstraction? “Perfect” reflection #2

  1. DaisyWillows says:

    Ayla -so early in the morning.. I think you are on point that everyone has a different idea of what perfection is real because it is something that is created in the mind and something that is created in the mind is very real to that person. so attaining that perfection is real because a person makes their ides of perfection a reality by trying to attain for it in the real world. Perfection is abstract in this sense but it can become something real and tangible when the idea is taken from the mind and put into practice in the real world. A perfect example is in – appearance. People have their own (influenced by media) ideas about what is the perfect look. If a person actively seeks to look a certain way by copying a fashion as an example then yes, to that person perfection is real because they are crystallising an idea/notion and putting it into a tangible form. Hope this makes sense — haha. I think we can only be as perfect as what we feel and define as perfection. The problem of attaining this is when our perceptions are mixed and influenced with others perceptions of what perfection is and isn’t. It takes a strong mind to not be influenced by anthers idea and notion of what perfect is. SO to be honest I am not sure there is a absolute right or wrong answer.

    • Discoverecovery says:

      I think you’re absolutely right! How could we possibly define which answer is right and which is wrong when there are elements of both which ring true?
      Your perspective on the question reflects so many of my own opinions and understandings of how we are influenced by external forces–whether it be media sources or other human beings, or something altogether different!
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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