Video: Watch Leandra Ask People in the Park About Perfection
As they bolted to class with packs aboard their backs she asked, “What does perfect mean to you?”
We’ve done a Round Table on perfection before — what it means, whether or not it’s attainable, whether it’s good or bad. The whole thing ended up clocking in around 2.5k words once edited down from its original 5k, which is a lot of thought on a single word. It says a great deal about how loaded it is.
To strive for perfection can be the momentum needed to push us forward. It can drive us to be better people, workers, head-standers, friends. It can also be harmful — if nothing or no one is every actually perfect, then how can the perfectionists within us ever feel satisfied? In two seconds that word can make a sane person go crazy.
But at its core, I think the word has value. Perfect is a reality to the individual; perfect is personal. It’s yours alone to hold. Consider your idea of the perfect day, the perfect meal, the perfect sunset, the perfect jeans. You may consider the ones you love to be perfect — noting their flaws and all. In fact, because it’s so individual, each definition flexible and dependent upon the moment and human at hand, we thought we’d take it to the streets and ask what perfect means to you.
Enjoy the video, then give us your definition down in the comments below.
Shout out once again to the students we probably made late to class, and good on you guys for actually making a 12:30 p.m. class on such a sunny day.