If it's Perfect

It's not real

Originally posted 12/16/09


Updated to reflect a few minor  revisions of my current thinking.

Zjabs, One of WOTL's resident Libertarian proponents has often mentioned and illustrated  good examples  of why no law or rule no matter how well intended will always have imperfections if one is willing to be open to considering them. 

Of course in a world of absolutes,  they must not allowed to exist since only perfection will pass their  test of what reality must eventually consist of. 

There is a slight or perhaps not so slight problem with that since that concept  of perfection is only viable if we use  a narrow definition of one person's the desired perfection.

 An ancient Taoist illustration approaches reality  by way of the sacred Yin-Yang symbol of a black and white disk where the colors are separated on a "S" shaped border. 

Black and white seems  how the extreme proponents of many ''isms'' on both the Left and Right  would prefer for  all of us to see reality.

The wise Taoists were considering the philosophy of imperfection when they invented the this ubiquitous  symbol.

Since it seems to have survived over the centuries there may be value in examining   it a little more in detail.

 In the larger black area is a small white dot.  In the larger white area  a small black  one illustrating the imperfection of each area to be absolutely pure in nature. 

This same philosophy also has a greater meaning in the totality of the real world we perceive and exist in.

It even has significance in law as exceptions are one of the Law's major problems.


 Those exceptions  keep the lawyers and courts in business discussing the  justification  of legal appeals. Exceptions  make some  rule harder to live with and some easier.

They don't negate the need for a law to remain on the books.

 The scales of justice are a universally accepted symbol of law and a legal system.

The discernment of a law's applicability is often a process of weighing rather than a simple black-white determination.


 The philosophy of weighing arguments for and against a standard   to arrive at a judgement seems too abstract for  absolutists.

 If something about a law makes it wrong in their eyes they  want it scrapped. In the extreme we would soon be left with no laws until  human ingenuity began to again  find exceptions leaving humanity in a Darwinian dog-eat-dog world of survival of the fittest.

 I prefer my world of  exceptions to perfection  even if it must consist  of some unpopular laws.

Eventually things will and do get worked out.

 There is an old German saying that has been translated into English that considers the eventual outcome of unpleasant or undesirable imperfections as they either morph into the new major aspect of reality or disappear along with the principle they are being measured against.

 The same with imperfect or unjust laws.

Society and time eventually deals with them in the appropriate manner. 


The concept of imperfections as an undesirable traits  only is valid on a static basis as time puts the pressure of change on all instances of an  unbalanced nature, ergo.

 "The Millstones of God".


© 2009 Matt 7:6 - 3/28/16


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