Throughout this week, I’ve been thinking about human beings, their imperfect nature, and how some wish to be ideal — that is, intellectually and emotionally perfect.

If we really were perfect in this sense, we would never experience adversity without or adversity within. The idea of taking a cakewalk through a perfect life sounds quite alluring at face value, but it comes with one major setback: if such a utopian idea were to come to fruition, we could never be perfect.

Why, some would ask? Now, if Albert Einstein had been perfect, he never would have been expelled from school as a child and never would have blossomed into the genius he is remembered for. And E = mc^2 would never have been an actual, real thing. Adversity allowed him to reach his intellectual prime. So my belief is this: human flawlessness might eradicate the obstacles we face in our lives, but it also eradicates the beauty that comes from human flaws. The boon of human imperfection is that with the impossibility of perfection itself, humans grow and bring out the best of their personalities when they run into obstacles in their lives; a utopian nature would take away this very comeliness. Human flawlessness would effectively force us (and would have forced Einstein) to live with an inability to learn from our mistakes and grow.

Because the potential from our shortcomings is innate and has allowed us to come far in our lives, be who we are now, and become better in the future, human imperfection is perfection itself.


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