Why perfectionism is irrelevant

I think that me being a slight perfectionist is a side effect of being an author. The trouble is that no one seems to know what it means for something to be perfect. It is a subjective term which depends on too many factors to be taken seriously.

I would define perfect as something being created in such a way that it never needs to change. This would mean that it is immutable or changeless. By this definition, it is questionable whether there is such a thing as perfection.

As a writer, I want my communication to be perfect. What I mean by this is that I want people to read what I have said and then know what I meant before I wrote it. The English language does not easily allow this. All languages change over time and meaning tends to be lost during the change.

Obviously, communication is not perfect. I think that, instead of aiming for perfect, I can aim for writing something that is at least relevant to someone. They may not understand exactly what I meant by something I wrote but if they can relate to it because they are experiencing something that makes them question the relevance of something, then I have done my job.

To change is to be imperfect, to have problems, to exist. The only way I would ever be perfect is to stop existing. I wonder if the goal of perfection is worth it.


Author: chandlerklebs

I have unusual thoughts on almost every subject. I am as Pro-Life as I can possibly be. I am strongly opposed to violence of any type. That includes rape, war, and (obviously) abortion. Everything I think, speak, and write must be filtered by the effect it could have on the lives of others. If I am in any way promoting violence accidentally, please let me know.

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