It’s Not A Perfect World.
“This world ain’t what you think it is
It’s just what it is.”
~ Greg Brown
How many of us can say our lives have gone completely according to plan?
Yeah, that’s what I thought. And I’ll bet, if everyone of us thought about it, there’s actually not a single endeavor in our lives in which our ideas of something lined up perfectly with reality.
Things just don’t go according to plan. Every event I’ve organized, every construction project I’ve seen, every relationship I’ve had, every job I’ve done, every adventure I’ve planned, every page I’ve written has held surprises and detours.
“Perfection itself is imperfection.” ~ Vladimir Horowitz
Here’s how I see it. This is simply the way of this world. There may have been other worlds which came before. There will likely be other worlds to come. They may be better in some ways. But they, too, will have their thing.
This world is about imperfection. It is about striving for perfection; about believing it is possible even, all while living entrenched in imperfection. And it is also about being okay with things not being perfect. About not letting ourselves go crazy chasing shadows in the rain.
In his book The Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukav wrote that if we perceive the world to be unjust, it’s only because we don’t know enough. We can’t know the universal designs that have shepherded each of us to the places where we find ourselves. In other words, we are on an infinite journey, with no roadmap of where we are going and no memory of where we’ve been.
“Where there is perfection, there is no story to tell.” ~ Ben Okri
I would take the conversation one step further. It is not just that we don’t know enough, not just that our perception is skewed, not just that this world is about navigating imperfection.
It is that perfection leaves little room for anything else. Perfection means playing a note technically precise. But it cannot tell us anything about the soul, the life, the indefinable imprint a musician adds to the piece. Because it does not know.
To use a painting metaphor, is a Van Gogh perfect? A Picasso? Thankfully not. But they are, perhaps, perfect in their imperfection. If the world were perfect, there would be no need for art. Indeed, art would not be possible.