Philosophy and Purpose: We Are All Imperfect
Subject: Philosophy, Purpose, Being, Perfection
The great arguments of philosophy are as old as man’s ability to think. When man first understood that he was a being, now conscious of his own existence, he eventually realized that he was something both in nature and out of nature at the same time.
If for instance, a man concludes that the reason
‘why’ is that we are all some part of some master plan, which naturally assumes
there was an architect, then he will follow a set of principles that are in
congruent with this line of thinking. Let us put a label on this person and call
him a religious or spiritual person.
At the other extreme of this reasoning, we find
the human who has concluded that life is a natural accident and that we evolved
from a one cell amoeba and that man’s future is the here and now and no
architect ever existed. This type of person we will label the atheist;
does not having any theistic beliefs that there is a creator.
The third archetype is the man wrestling between the extremes of these two systems; unable to commit to one or the other. He is not convinced that creation is an accident, but he is neither convinced that there is one chief architect. We’ll refer to this type as an agnostic.
Our difference with others may very well be better
understood if we took the time to understand their point of origin. All systems
of belief are built up around one of these central tenets. Agreements amongst
all will not likely be forthcoming.
And here’s something to ponder on the subject of
perfection and normality: If man (or woman) is imperfect (i.e., has defects),
and all humans are imperfect, shouldn’t we conclude, regardless of our belief
system, that imperfection is normal. In other words, in the land of blind where
everyone is blind, isn’t being blind normal? In the land of imperfect people,
isn’t it normal to be imperfect? So why seek perfection when 1) we know it’s not
possible and 2) everyone is imperfect anyway so why worry about it.
So let’s stop arguing about who’s right, and
remind ourselves that whatever our differences in what we believe, there is one
thing that can’t be argued, we are NOT perfect beings. We all have our defects,
architect or not. Our imperfections are also a reminder that we don’t and can’t
know it all; that we could ALL be wrong on what our purpose of being is.
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Victor Antonio G., one of America's top business motivational speaker and author of “The LOGIC of Success”.
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