Saturday, February 18, 2012

Perfection as an (Endless) Discovery Procedure

The most common error made by the critics of theodicy, especially those of a secular millenialist bent: thinking of perfection (or "perfect happiness") as the state of total satisfaction, and thus total inaction, total elimination of purposes and exercises of one's will. "Perfect competition" means no competition. Here, analogously, "perfect humanity" means the obliteration of humanity, the transformation of purposive individuals into blissful vegetables.

Genuine competition is an endless process of prediction, discovery, and adaptation. Likewise, genuine perfection is an endless process of perfecting oneself and one's surroundings - constant dealing with problems, insufficiencies, vices, pains, and catastrophes. It is about endless becoming, not about unchanging being. Otherwise it turns into its own parody.

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