The debate "Perfection is a social construct nothing more. There is no such thing as absolute perfection" was started by
December 20, 2015, 2:21 pm.
33 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 3 people are on the disagree side.
That might be enough to see the common perception.
It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.
Freyja posted 3 arguments to the agreers part.
PsychDave posted 3 arguments, AngryBlogger posted 1 argument to the disagreers part.
Gandalf, Jared_Lee, AngryBlogger, Yuki_Amayane, Regalgeek, jjrocks1738, numbskull, swp16, truth_vs_true, M, aliot and 22 visitors agree.
PsychDave and 2 visitors disagree.
Not necessarily. The perfect body, the perfect marriage, or the perfect job are all social constructs and are all very subjective. Society defines beauty, and that definition changes over time, meaning even if someone was the absolute epitome of beauty today, in 50 years they would likely not be. In these cases you are absolutely right that absolute perfection cannot exist since the criteria change.
The reason I disagree with the topic is that there are areas where perfection does exist.
I'm starting to think that my percieved definition of 'social construct' might be incorrect. :'(
I'm siding with crazy Dave on this one. Perfection can be more than just looks. It can be the way you do something or anything. 2+2 will always be 4. That is perfection after trial and error by science in which led to this equation bring what it is. It won't change, it's perfect. Also perfection can't be a social construct cause no one is bounded by perfection and everyone has different perceptions on things of what they considered to be perfect. Yeah its an opinion but it's not a social construct and perfection can be absolute as given by that equation example.
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No, that's an accurate description. I would argue that it is still perfection even if it is opinion. It is possible to build your perfect house (as long as you have the money) but while you would find it perfect, another would not. Perfection, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
Perfection in math is because there is no judgement or subjectiveness. 1+1=2 It is always 2 and there is nothing uncertain. It is perfectly defined. Similarly shapes can be perfect. A cube has every side exactly the same size and is perfectly square. A sphere is perfectly round no matter how you look at it. Math is probably the only place where perfection is objectively possible since everywhere else there is room for opinion.
I love it! A few of those I hadn't thought of and I've been thinking about this for a while. I was thinking more along the lines of whether or not a person is perfect. I mean, when you say someone is perfect it's only a matter of opinion, right? So there is no such thing as perfection, only the perception of perfection. You seem to have a bit more of a handle on the subject, though. ??I would like to point out however, that, aside from the mathematics one (which I would rather not comment on, given I don't exactly understand it), aren't those all opinions anyway? It's only a matter of perception, not definitive fact. Am I wrong?
It depends on the context. Mathematically there is perfection. Artistically perfection is possible but very nearly impossible to create. A perfect life is a personal judgement since what is perfect for some is not for others. Likewise a perfect career is an individual determination. In many areas perfection is possible, and in others it is not.