viernes, 31 de enero de 2014

The pettiness of the perfectionist

Perfectionists citizens are irresponsible, selfish and cowardly citizens.

To be a good citizen is essential to believe that:

- The error is a moral obligation;

- Go Wrong is an ethical commitment and

- For the sake of honesty, we have to be unjust.

To reinforce this crazy proposal, say:

- Refusing to make mistakes is reprehensible;

- It is unethical to avoid mistakes, and finally,

- The citizen who admits no injustice is dishonest.

What does this rigmarole mean?

The explanation of these statements is summarized in a vulgar phrase, "The perfect is the enemy of the good".

1) "The error is a moral obligation" because those who are not willing to make mistakes will have the worst attitude: Do nothing, sit out and not get involved, stay away, wash your hands.

2) "Error is an ethical commitment" by the same reason as above but from the point of view of a philosophy of responsible living. As is almost inevitable mistake accept it involves exposure to a great effort. Because no one will want to be wrong, is an act of generosity face what would avoid personal responsibility provided to social commitments have called.

3) "For the sake of honesty, we have to be unfair" because we can never ensure perfection in anything. When we have no choice but to try a similar, we must make a commitment to commit an injustice because, if we are to avoid us these risks, we would try to avoid a commitment pure meanness and cowardice.

Except for disabled children, none of us is exempt from engaging with what happens to the group that we integrate, but evasion is almost authorized for those who base their irresponsibility, saying, "If I do what I do well and if I can not get it right then do nothing".

Note: Original in Spanish (without translation by Google): La mezquindad del perfeccionista.

(Este es el Artículo Nº 2.128)

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