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Can perfection be achieved?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    No, because perfection is a paradox, in that no one agrees in the definition of "perfection", yet in order to be perfect, there needs to be completely unanimity. So, perfection can never be achieved, because there will never be a complete agreement on what is perfect.

    Take, the human body, for instance, which is the most common basis for evaluating "perfection". Some people prefer their significant other to be skinny as a twig, others prefer toned and sleek muscles, and yet again, there is a preference of a little something-something to grab. Never, will humans agree on what is beautiful and perfect in that aspect, and without an agreement on beauty-perfection, there will never be complete perfection.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. Absolutely. Within limits. It depends on which perfection you're after.

    For some people, perfection extends in all directions. To be perfectly knowledgable, you would have to know EVERYTHING. According to our current scientific understanding, this is not possible anywhere in our universe.

    Suppose, however, that you choose a subset of knowledge. There are many that are still clearly beyond human grasp, such as perfect knowledge of all written work. But if we get small enough, then we CAN get something that is within human capability. Some people with eidetic memory, for example, can tell you every word they've ever read perfectly. And even an average person like you or me has probably memorized a poem or a few favourite quotes.

    And we can recite them PERFECTLY.

    Achievable perfection, then, involves having a goal that is within your capabilities. It's unrealistic in most circumstances to suggest that a person will never over any performance make a mistake. But what if your 'perfect' ALLOWS mistakes?

    This may sound strange at first, but consider one very good example: being perfectly yourself. While other people would have difficulty doing a perfect imitation of you, almost by definition you are perfectly yourself without even trying most of the time. Even when you let others influence you, that is SO what you would do.

    So perfection is quite achievable. Not ALL perfection. But some, at least.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The day you think it is achievable , life will not be so exciting.

    Perfection is bring . Have you met a Perfect beauty lately ? You can never find one . If you think you have found one , next moment you will a better option. Till there is a concept of 'option' perfection cannot be there,leave aside achievable

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    no, we are always working to try and achieve perfection, this is a cycle that can never be stopped. Perfection is what lies at the end of a long neverending road, no one is perfect, people can try and can seem to be perfect, but they are not truely "perfect". Also, everyone has a different defeniton of what perfection is, so how can we really tell when someone is perfect? We can't.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can't ACHIEVE perfection. If you messed up once, that means that you are not going to be perfect. It's like saying, "I answered a question wrong on a 3 point test, but I will try to get a hundred percent." It just doesn't happen. It doesn't have to.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Just as a pearl has to go through all the grime and dirt to become a perfect/flawless and shiny pearl; so can perfection be achieved through the same process

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  • 1 decade ago

    That depends on what perfection is to you. Like beauty is in the eye of the beholder who can determine as to what needs more improvement and what should be left as is. Never stop striving to do things better but recognize when another situation or thing may need your attention to detail.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It depends on the "scale" you're talking about (a scale in size or time).

    It can on a small scale- you can get a perfect score on a test, for instance.

    On a large scale, then I'd say no. You can get really, really, really close, but there's still going to be that 0.000000000000001% time that something goes wrong.

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  • bleh
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    1 decade ago

    you have to consider that noone would ever be able to agree upon what perfection IS. you can achieve, i suppose, perfection in your own eyes..or in the way that you imagine perfection to be..but even that would be nearly impossible.

    In the end I think we have to just except that only God is perfect.

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  • 1 decade ago

    For yourself? If you have the confidence to say you are perfect for what you want as ideal then yes.

    For others? Each person will always see 'perfect' as something different, so I'd say no.

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