Tom Simard

Poetry, Music, and Prose

Our Imperfections

“Everything is perfect in the universe – even your desire to improve it.”
Wayne Dyer

I saw this quote today and took objection. Perhaps, I do take things too literally. If the universe was perfect, why would we have to improve it? And perhaps more importantly, why would our desire to improve it be perfect? Are we superheroes? Chances are our desire might be less than perfect – even I daresay imperfect.

Of course, the whole point is to connect your desire to perfection.  It buys  into the whole self-help (a misnomer if there ever was one) industry worth an estimated $11 billion.  Yes, people are even getting rich off our desire to feel better about ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for feeling better about ourselves, provided we’re attempting to be decent human beings.

Does Donald Trump buy self-help books? Nah, but he’ll peddle them in a second if he thought he’d make a buck.  Should Donald Trump feel good about himself?

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6 thoughts on “Our Imperfections

  1. The whole concept of perfection is strange to me. As I see it, perfection is a social construct with a definition changes over time.


    • I like that. Our idea of what perfection is does change with time.

      It’s also very cultural, isn’t it. What’s perfect for an American may not be for a Samoan.

      What bothers me about the peddlers of perfection is the only thing they’re perfect at is at bilking people.

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  2. Interesting thoughts here. Adding mine: Perfect is a human concept the universe couldn’t care less about. Some human systems for perfect moral guidance find desire a “sin,” the opposite of perfection. For other systems desire—usually greed—is the perfect means to achieve the perfect goal—usually power. Neither system seem right, but both, often together, seem to preclude searches for better “more perfect” alternatives.


  3. Happy New Year Tom.


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