The title is an interesting term. My Uncle Mac understood it differently. He was an interesting man — my great-uncle really and married to my grandmother’s sister. Sweet ladies both. Uncle Mac installed coal slips out west back in the days when it was still the wild west. When I knew him he was managing a tool and die shop. In between, he’d been a professional trap shooter for the Hercules powder company. He said, “Perfection is attained only by hard studies and constant practice.” I guess that works for tool and die making, reading blue prints, and busting clay pigeons.
As a world view, it misses a lot. Today folks don’t look to themselves for perfection. Today they look to government. They define perfection as free from wants, disease, needs, terrorists and so on. It is a heck of a great idea. Unlike Uncle Mac, they look out and not in for their perfection. I think they miss the mark far more and even more limitedly. They look for it as a gift that can be bestowed.
In a time of political ads, promises and rhetoric, remember that perfection is attained only by hard studies and constant practice. It won’t make it happen but, personally, it can get ya closer.