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The Mistakes In Searching For Perfection

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Gustave Flaubert once said, “Artist’s who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.” This quote expresses how those who strive for perfection are sure to never reach it. We all have our idea of a perfect world, with perfect people, but this is unrealistic. Imperfections are a part of life, and if we were to try and remove them, it would not have a satisfying result. A number of people believe that removing deformities would cause humanity to work together peacefully, while eliminating things like jealousy, greed, and embarrassment. But, they are overlooking the gloomy effects that come with perfection. We should stop searching for the perfect person because it ...view middle of the document...

Purposely pointing out imperfections in people is a form of verbal bullying. According to a Yale study, bullying victims are two to nine times more likely for suicide. This number will grow if we give human beings another reason to verbally abuse other people. Imagine Amethyst, a young girl living in the ‘perfect world’. She has found out that she doesn’t fit the image of perfect and never will, whether she be too tall, oversized, blonde, or talk to high pitched. The ‘perfect’ kids laugh at her, tease her, and treat her as if she has no feelings. This goes on for weeks and weeks. In time, she becomes depressed and lonely. Eventually, she can’t take it anymore. She starts therapy, but nothing helps her get back to the state of happiness she had before the idea of perfection surfaced in the world. If she didn’t have the expectation of perfect to live up to, she wouldn’t become so severely unhappy. In short, searching for perfection serves to point out the glitches in each person, as well as giving us the impossible, unattainable, and absurd expectation of perfect.
We should also stop searching for perfection because it is impossible to achieve. Mary Ann Swiatek, Ph.D. says “Problems can arise,.......if standards are unrealistic and inflexible. If a person defines "success" as a product so perfect it can never be achieved, expects a perfect performance on the first attempt, and defines anything...

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