Today under broad-brush category, I feel blessed to write on the topic suggested by Dr. Subir Mukhopadhyay, retd. Professor of IIT Kharagpur, a very intellectual and learned person.
He wanted me to shed thoughts on ‘Perfection has little space, recognisation and importance’.
So, let me pull up my sleeves and focus at the task at hand
The point itself is intriguing. Perfect, perfectly and perfection. They all signify some sort of situation. Perfectly performing an act or doing something perfectly signifies a modus-operandi which may be qualifying on a touchstone deployed by the available precepts or that of the mantra given by the in-charge.
Perfect on the other hand is relatively variable and thus is openly available for appreciations or amusement. But is laudable always at some point of time.
Now the challenge is reposed with perfection. It’s not that there can be a multitude of perfection level. It’s a momentary frozen relevance. Today thus emerged after wiping out the past and it would be extinct due to future. Therefore it’s pitiable that perfection endeavours for its best acumen in any one. This very prerequisite segregates any entity transforming him into an alien. It’s like reaching zenith or pinnacle or being conferred with the extreme recognition for any matter or issue. But in persevering such levels there are inherent hazards which beyond doubt are not freebies and in due course take a toll. Aftermath is you land up being lonely at top. May be there is a recognition level for it with some felicitation. But how many can endeavour and reach this zenith. In a paradox, it can be rather said it’s a state of reaching nadir. Eventually a vacuum of lean occupancy haunts which initially seems to be an illusionary veil of large space.
Actually space is to be shared and not ruled as a domain with restricted easement to such levels.
So basically space, recognition and importance are intertwined. The optimisation of these variables are orchestrated in any person in an unique way. May be due to his circumstances, ability, ingrained issues of the perfection, aspirations, psyche with respect to complacency and so on.
Thus it’s pertinent to note that very few are not in rat race but they indeed are happy with their daily achievements. No doubt few are adventurous who pave way on a less travelled road and are yet distinguished. But there still remains a lot who may be lot more than being snob or fussy or cynical and they are persistently and relentlessly striving for being distinguished from any common yardstick.
But then precision and perfection sometimes never meet and they rather conflict with the man who is in pursuit of such aspirations.
This very conflict later causes manuring to their egos and perfection gets metamorphosed into intolerance.
And the outcome is pathetic. A line of division automatically builds up and the aura of disgraceful eminence. Perfectionist ends up being a loner.
Summing up, nothing is 100% pure or perfection or perfectly perfect. And thus we have 99.9% evaluation more often in our yardsticks. Therfore striving without tolerance for rest of this 0.1% is devastating. A price tag is attached to this which means it has no common recognition by masses, large space is always left for commons but there may be an equal large space available for perfection but that is filled with few contenders. This obviously leads towards importance endowed upon for such excellence but not from common habitat. This leaves perfectionist aloof with due recognition, importance and consequently perfectionists end up with an exclusive space which may be large but actually is little.
This however calls into question the endeavours by various industries on process optimisation, defect removal protocols and their importance. One might argue that we would never fly on an aircraft with 99.9% perfect engine or undergo a laser surgery which is not fully precise. Isn’t striving for perfection of paramount importance? Isn’t human life not worth the price tag associated achieving the last 0.01% perfection? Let me just clarify that utilitarian views are not something that we can associate with human lives, there is no cost-benefit analysis when it comes to dealing with life forms. This article merely reflects on the pointlessness in pursuit of perfection, at times when it has little to do with greater good and is more directed towards self appeasement.
Let me know of your thoughts, this topic is subjected to individual interpretation and therefore there is no single right answer.