Perfection is impossible

We’ve come to expect precision in everything we do and in every product we buy.

I want my phone to work whenever I need it. I want my movie to download when I order it. I want my Kindle to run correctly whenever I switch it on. My car should start whenever I turn the key.

Yes, this is all true. But no matter how exquisite the machinery, malfunctions inevitably occur, and we should expect them.

In a somewhat similar train of thought, humans are no different. If your goal is perfection, good luck. For us, in order to learn we must be imperfect. If we’re always perfect, we’re never learning because we’re not trying anything new. Art and creativity are messy, messy processes that require uncertainty and a willingness to venture into the unknown–a place that has no room for perfection.