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In Search of Perfection……

Source | LinkedIn : By Sreeram Srinivasan

“The inevitability of its doom is as apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every human being, thus I redesigned it based on your history to more accurately reflect the varying grotesqueries of your nature. However, I was again frustrated by failure. I have since come to understand that the answer eluded me because it required a lesser mind, or perhaps a mind less bound by the parameters of perfection.”, the Architect to Neo in Matrix Reloaded where he explains what the Matrix really is. This is perhaps the defining moment of the Matrix trilogy. But it, in an instant, opened my mind to the source of all my stress, unhappiness and my general lack of satisfaction at work in my 30+ year career……

Many of us simply want to be perfect or at least strive for perfection only to grandly fail while several others, equally if not more perfectionist in their thinking and in their own personal lives, seem to move on, take things in stride and even progress in their life unaffected and unstressed. I will call them “enlightened perfectionists”.

Can speak for myself here. My great desire and overwhelming obsession towards perfection manifests itself in both pushing myself and looking and getting frustrated by those around me (even strangers that cross my path). It bothers when I see my friends and colleagues not giving it their best or strive to be perfect or even mispronounce a simple word (am of course quick to correct). Seeing strangers make blunders gets me as well. The most common example being people behaviour on the road – rash driving, not following rules or simply jaywalking – gets me all worked up.

But slowly though, as I age and my faculties get less sharp than they used to be at one time, am sensing that we have always been and will be surrounded by ordinary people who may not be perfect (as we presume ourselves to be!!) or even try to be perfect. They are “perfectly” happy with what and how they are. They would seldom apply themselves in a manner that one deems perfect. Nevertheless, they may accomplish much in their lives much to the chagrin of the “perfectionists”. They would, therefore, fail to understand one’s obsession and one’s unwarranted demands of them to be perfect. All one can do is watch with incredulity and frustration as these lesser mortals or especially “enlightened perfectionists” rise to dizzy heights of achievement and “deserved” accolades……

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