This may turn out to be a very short article, but I have a question for you: Are you perfect?
To be fair this is a trick question which opens a Pandora’s Box of other questions regardless of how you answer.
If you answer “no”, then the immediate challenge you face is “then how can you expect anyone else to be perfect?” And more importantly, “what makes you think you have the right to judge others for their mistakes?”
If you answer “yes”, the response becomes “then why aren’t you able to forgive or overlook imperfection in others as a perfect being would most certainly be able to do?”
Let’s face it – none of us are perfect nor are we going to achieve a continuous state of perfection in this world. It is an absolutely unsustainable goal.
Notice that I say “unsustainable” but not unobtainable – we can have moments of perfection, and we can choose to have them as often as possible; but the notion that we can have absolute dominion over all of our thoughts and control every waking moment of our consciousness is not realistic no matter how much you meditate.
In his book, “The Seat of the Soul” Gary Zukov introduces the idea of “the earth school” – the idea that the purpose of life is to have experiences and to learn from these experiences. By this reckoning, the world is intentionally imperfect, as are all the beings in it. Ironically, this intentional imperfection makes the world “the perfect” place to experience first hand what happens when you are not perfect; and (you guessed it) “the perfect” place learn to be a better you.
This makes me wonder why most people seem to be so busy trying to shock, judge, ridicule and out do everyone else that they never consider what opportunities might come to them if they ever stopped this behavior. They run around and around in an ever tightening circle of negative energy, having the same empty experiences over and over again – wondering why nothing ever satisfies them.
It is literally a perfect storm of self defeating activity – the more they seek to conquer others, the more empty and insecure they feel, and the greater the urge to criticize the actions of others becomes.
What would happen if people were required to admit their own short coming in a situation, before they were allowed to point a finger at anyone else?
Would there be fewer confrontations? I cannot say. Would people begin to learn something from their experiences? In a perfect world they would.