Perfection And Despair

Khaos posted this really rad quote in his journal…

“There is nothing in this world that is truly “perfect”. Though it may be a rather large cliché, it is still the truth. It is the ordinary people who look up to “perfection” as an ideal and seek after it. But in truth, what is this idea of “perfection” truly worth? Nothing. Not a single thing. I detest “perfection”. To be “perfect” is to be unable to improve any further. There would be no scope for “creation”, not a single gap in one’s knowledge or one’s ability. Do you see now? To true individuals like you and I, “Perfection” is tantamount to “despair”. We aspire to reach greater levels of brilliance than ever before, but never, NEVER, to reach perfection. That is the paradox through which we must struggle. Indeed, it is our duty to find pleasure in that struggle. In other words, the second you allowed yourself to spout a ridiculous word like “perfect”, in truth, you had already been defeated.”~Mayuri Kurotsuchi

It does seem to be a paradox to be continually struggled with. For me, it brings to mind some of Darth Bane’s musings from just before he orchestrated the Brotherhood’s destruction, that there was still much about the Dark Side he didn’t understand.

One significant thing I took from that probably the first time I read Darth Bane: Path of Destruction was that the Dark Side was rife with contradictions, and that not only was it essential to navigate through these, feel them out, experiment, and understand them, it was important for an individual to do so himself, to take what resonates and what is useful, and to discard what isn’t. Inner conflict leads to an individuals evolution and growth.

I’ve also been reading through older discussions at the FA off and on today, and one in particlar kind of ties into this; it was one of Ally’s posts, posing the question of what you would do if you were immortal, an how you would live your life. It’s something I’d thought about quite a bit awhile ago, after Khaos replied to the excerpt of Solus Sum: Experiments in Dark Side Healing I’d posted in my journal at the Order. Really, immortality would be boring as fuck. No threat of death, all the time to do whatever, and therefore no reason to do much of anything.

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