Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The aspirations trap.......................

      An insidious manner in which we fall into the aspirations trap is in our reverence for perfectionism.  We are convinced that this quality is a sign of noble character.  We urge our children to be perfectionists.  But the outcome of perfectionism is that we are constantly looking for ways in which we or our products could be better.  A successful painter I know once told me that when she looks at her work in a gallery, she always focuses on what is missing, what would have made it better.  Epicurus is right:  That is a guaranteed way never to feel completely fulfilled.

-Daniel Klein, Every  Time I Find the Meaning of Live, They Change It:  Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live

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