Accepting an Imperfect World.

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Old 05-18-2007, 10:31 AM
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Default Accepting an Imperfect World.

I cannot claim credit to the writing below, but I wish I could. This was written in response to a question on another forum. The writer speaks to the imperfections we observe in daily life in what we wish to be a perfect place.


She writes so well:

Why do we see imperfection all around us? Maybe because when we use the word perfect we mean flawless to the senses of the body. It has to do with the eye of the beholder. That is, the bodys eyes, ears, nose, and so on, measure what they perceive according to a set of standards developed by and inherited from the egoic body/minds parents, friends, teachers, culture, and so on, and the closer a thing comes to meeting those standards, the closer it is to being perfect.

I ask the question, is a rotting apple perfect? It certainly doesnt seem so at first glance. But think about it. If apples didnt eventually naturally rot, the world would be up to its ears in apples.

Is a volcanic eruption perfect? When we remember that volcanic eruptions are what created Waikiki Beach, Id say pretty perfect.

So, a rotting apple is perfect when its on the ground beneath the tree, but not when its in my refrigerator. And a volcanic eruption is perfect when it occurs umpteen million years ago in the middle of an ocean.

Lets face it. Very nearly everything we dont like (and therefore label imperfect or worse, like evil) somehow threatens the body each of us calls me and its things ... its health, its home, its possessions, its nation, and so on.

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