“If there is such a thing as human perfection, it is…how we handle the imperfection that is everywhere, especially our own.”
Mused the famed, late astrophysicist, Stephen Hawkings, “One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfectionism simply doesn’t exist…[for] without imperfection neither you nor I would exist.” He went on to explain that without gravity, our universe would not have evolved from simple, rudimentary elements to heavier, more complex compounds. Yet gravity cannot function without imperfection.
If gravity is not only what keeps us functionally grounded but is the force that provides for a stable, viable existence – then what does this say about imperfection? What if imperfection is not only a cosmic reality but is a far more truthful enterprise than our maddening quest for the perfect? What if our aim for the perfect is not only an enemy of the good but is an affront to the genuine, the true, and the authentic?
The Franciscan author and speaker, Richard Rohr, suggests that “…if there is such a thing as human perfection, it is how we handle the imperfection that is everywhere, especially our own. Imagine if we perceived imperfection, not as a prelude to mediocrity, but a more faithful rendering of the real? What if imperfection, like gravity, does more to hold us together than we realize?
Divine Maker, when I’m convinced that nothing less than the perfect will do, place me back on the path of the good, the genuine, and the true. Amen.