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Perfection is my Direction

April 27, 2010

As I’ve said or inferred many times in the past, perfection is my direction. But this is indeed a difficult goal to achieve, and almost always results in superficiality for those that pursue it.

As was said in the song “Pieces” by Sum 41,

“I tried to be perfect, But nothing was worth it. I don’t believe it makes me real. I thought it’d be easy, But no one believes me. I meant all the things I said.”

This little thing called “perfection” is something that everyone wants to find, to find. But most of us give up on it, accepting it for what it is: an ideal.

But being an idealist, I strive after it stubbornly, hoping that even if I don’t achieve it, I will have bettered myself enough in the process, that I would have not regrets.

In order for me to truly perfect, I must establish rules by which to verify and appreciate that perfection. So let us first define what perfection is:

from Wiktionary: “Having all of its parts in harmony with a common purpose.”

This being the case, it would appear the perfection is largely intuitive in nature (words like “harmony” and “common” are purely relative even at the most basic level, and the perception thereof is therefore mostly intuitive).

Furthermore, perfection, being relative by nature, is entirely determined by perception. Now this is the important part here:

Most assume that God is perfect, and that he exists even outside our perception. Now, although one might argue that he exists outside our perception, his perfection as we know it only exist in perception, as it is our perception the defines what perfection is, and God’s perfection can only exist within those bounds.

In other words, Perfection is finite by its very nature. In fact, every definition of perfection confirms this.

Now, moving on to the definition of “perfection”:

(from Wiktionary): “The quality or state of being perfect or complete, so that nothing requisite is wanting; entire development; consummate culture, skill, or moral excellence; the highest attainable state or degree of excellence; maturity; as, perfection in an art, in a science, or in a system; perfection in form or degree; fruits inperfection.”

This is the definition of perfection  that I hope to achieve; when I say “perfection is my direction” this is what I mean.

But note that again, everything in this definition implies that the condition is finite, and limited to perception.

In other words, perfection, in philosophical terms (or more specifically, in regard to existentialism) refers to the actualization of potential as defined by the rules by which that perfection is defined.

It would then be futile to seek infinite perfection, as such an ideal is paradoxical.

In fact, it may well be that this person we call “God” is the end result of some entity attempting to use his cosmic power to actualize perfection; if that were the case, sin might be in fact the by-product of God’s botched experiment. (Compare to the Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemist (the anime version).

Within my own spiritual philosophy (which is similar to, but not equivalent to Gnostic philosophy), this botched attempt at infinite perfection resulted in the creation of the Archons; by extension, any human attempts to achieve infinite perfection result in Archona.

Both Archons and Archona are avatars, being akin to guardian angels, but lacking any substance beyond their skin.

An empty shell which, although appearing perfect, the sacrifice paid for this perfection is that they are mere puppets, being driven to obsession in their desire to be perfection, obsession to insanity, and insanity to slavery, being “slaves of sin”, to quote Paul. (Romans 6:14-19)

Thus for this reason, I will strive to achieve true perfection, which call only be found in Balance.

To regurgitate words I have said before (in th3g1vr), true perfection can only be achieved by finding and applying a perfect balance between Potentiality and Actuality.

Potentiality: Your potential; what you have decided for yourself that you are capable of. Everyone’s potential is potentially limitless, and that potential generally relies upon the knowledge acquired. But potential by itself is meaningless, and that’s where actuality comes in.

Actuality: What you actually do with your potential; what aspects of your potential that you have decided for yourself that you would prioritize— what aspects of your potential (reality) that you choose to appreciate and validate. For example, it could be said that anything is possible, but when it comes to actuality, it doesn’t matter what’s possible, it matters what you believe in.

To understand what it means to balance potentiality with actuality, we must understand what it looks like to have an imbalance.

For an imbalanced learn towards potential, I’ll call up the philosopher– such as myself.

A philosopher, being wise and knowledgeable, one would think could accomplish great things, seeing as how he has the knowledge to take over the world, turn it upside-down, and set it straight without anyone knowing. But instead he sits in front of his computer, contemplative and intellectualized, obsessing over how to do even more than that. He appears to be a psychological wreck– a waste of intellectual talent.

The philosopher has so much potential, but does not use it precisely for the same reason: He has too much potential– so much that he cannot properly contain it, and put it to use.

Now for an example of too much actuality, we’ll use the example of the hard-working construction worker:

He works every day restlessly, and when he retires to bed at night he immediately falls asleep. He then gets up the next day for work at the crack of dawn, and repeats the same routine. He has no life, has no girlfriend– all he has is work. Plenty of money comes in, but because of the stress that his work gives him, much of that money goes to drinks, smokes, and other costly but time-efficient entertainment. His life has no meaning, even though he does so much with it.

In other words, the construction worker’s life has no meaning  precisely because he does so much with it. The drive to be productive results in an extremely limited potential; his need for instant gratification results in a very finite life, lacking in meaning but very fulfilling in substance.

To achieve perfection, I must find a balance between these two extremes. To be able to act decisively to actualize the maximum amount of potential, and thus achieve the fullness of my purpose.

To do this, the first step is to accurately gage what I am both capable of and will accomplish. This may well be a lifelong journey though, so I must work my way towards this by doing one simple (and yet somehow very complicated) things: Prioritize.

So in the end, the first step for anything when it comes to achieving perfection is, after all, getting your priorities in order.

So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

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