Be perfect, do better. Is it a good thing?
It seems to be the motto for lots of people. But do they really believe in it? Do I really believe in it? Can anyone achive this?
What is perfect? What is better? There’s always an issue of definition. Be positive? Be hardworking? Be mindful? Be … ?
Maths are simple. You can define an order to define what is better, and where it leads to. You can define many things strictly. But this is almost impossible in life? Or it makes life “less” fun? Has anyone ever been truly consistent with any definitions in life? Is it even possible?
Ok. Let’s say it’s possible. And people understand perfectly what is to be better and what is to be perfect. Where does it take us then?
There are things in life that you care, things you don’t care, things when you start to care about them they start to annoy you, things when you care about them and they reward you back. Then maybe do better = get more rewards. Good we have a direction now!
Rewards could be ambigious as well. In my mind, a case by case analysis could help, but it is unlikely to be unavoidable since it comes from the complexity of the society and each individual and situation. History repeats but never exactly！
As off-topic as usual, but let’s come back to “aiming upwards”. Thinking in terms of all sorts of competitions. People make strategies for different stages: from the start, in the middle, and at the final stage. Strategies and rewards change as time gone by, but something could stays the same: the goal of “winning”. But to win, to make changing startegies for chaning rewards, you need to be “flexible”. Then the question comes: how about the goal then? Is it “flexible” too? Maybe we don’t have to “win” but it’s already “winning” and maybe we don’t have to be better nor perfect but it’s already there. (This is probably also why starts new things later in life is “hard”. )
I might disagree with myself later on this. But. Be free. Also.
Photo taken close to where I live: