Demanding Perfection

Yutang Lin

Duckweed and water meet where conditions proper.
Wax or wane would soon change only after a blink.
Demanding perfection would only make it difficult.
Mutually compensating defects to achieve solution.


Things in the world are hardly perfect, not to mention the threat of constant changes and instability. The attitude of demanding perfection often causes incessant self-torture, and leads to habitual complaining about others or situations. If one could realize clearly that the world is full of unsatisfactory defects, then one would be spared the suffering of demanding perfection. Furthermore, it would become easier for one to consider instead how to utilize mutual compensation of defects to attain feasible solutions.

Written in Chinese on July 7, 2001
Translated on July 17, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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