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Jan 31, 2019 14:30:22

The world exists because of imperfections

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Jason Leow

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Every bit of the (human) world that we humans built exists because of imperfections that we wanted to correct. If everything was perfect, where would the motivation to create arise? If everything is perfect, nothing would need improving, hence nothing gets created.

Imperfections emerge from impermanence and interdependence. 

If everything was permanent and lasts forever, and permanently perfect, we wouldn't need to create anything new. Hence, the fact that things break down, fade away or die, is very reason that things will get better. And by extension, the world gets better. It's also the very reason we can hope. Because things will invariably change. Maybe it will change for the worse, maybe it will turn better as we hoped, but at least we got a chance at change. Permanence means there's no hope.

Everything that was ever made depended on other things to get made. Things arises when conditions for it to emerge are sufficient. Need a cup of tea? You need the rain for water, sun and soil to grow tea, clay to make the cup, heat to boil the water. And because everything depended on everything else, invariably things will fail from the imperfection and failure of one of the conditions. No rain during a drought and the tea doesn't grow. 

Together, impermanence and interdependence work to ensure imperfection exists in the world. Imperfection is what drives us to keep creating, building and maintaining our world. Perfection is but an ideal but seldom (if ever) achieved. 

Our world was built on imperfections. And the world gets better due to imperfections, not in spite of it. We think we're trying to annihilate imperfection to get to a perfect world, but in fact, all we're really doing is dancing with imperfection. 

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    @jasonleow I think we need to find our "unfair advantages" and just accept the imperfections. Im not saying to cherish them, but to stop fighting them. Nothing good ever comes out of war..

    And... <<interdependence>> is the main quality of universe, one of the most important things to realise according to buddhism (well, zen i should say as I don't know much about other traditions)

    Maybe that's why people who deeply realize interdependence don't feel the need to "improve" anything :-) as things are what they are

    Actually... the imperfections don't exist. It's just a joke of our mind.

    What do you think @gabrielgreco
    (stocking continues :D

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 31, 2019 10:48:28
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      @jasonleow @lucjah I am reminded of an episode from an old HBO show, where the highly successful plastic surgeon uses an already beautiful woman's lipstick to show her what perfection looks like. "When you stop striving for perfection you might as well be dead"

      Annnd, YouTube has delivered, again. What an iconic scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=5IQJewnDieo

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 31, 2019 12:08:06
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      @lucjah yep you said that right. Much of this post was inspired by Buddhist teachings on impermanence and interdependence. In our imperfections, we are perfect. That coincidentally is also very wabi-sabi.

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 31, 2019 20:50:08
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      @jasonleow @gabrielgreco LOL I'd rather be dead than ... boing...

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Feb 01, 2019 06:21:13
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      @jasonleow yep! I remember our roshi saying "You are perfect as you are, and now... improve...!" :D

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Feb 01, 2019 06:26:58
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