Last night's post on metaphysical speculation was actually very enjoyable to write. Today I think I'm going to be focusing on something a little more tangible and down to earth, that is the value of imperfection. I will looking at my theory on why human beings were made to be imperfect and how that fits into God's plan.
I'm going to start off by saying that I believe that God certainly did give human beings the opportunity to be perfect- he started us off as baser animals without sin or knowledge of sin like all the other animals around us, and from there let us grow until the first modern man, Adam, had the first self aware thought. This, I believe, was the proverbial Fruit of Knowledge and from Adam's progeny onward, humanity began to know itself and develop abstract thought and reason and the realization that we have the ability to be greater than the sum of our parts, but also that we have deficiencies that can keep us from that greatness. Even in the Bible, it is mankind's sense of self that reveals Adam's sin to God.
Despite this inherited "weakness," God does not move without purpose and I think that mankind was made to suffer this imperfection in order to bring us toward him, that we might know him and recognize him of our own free will and also that we might push ourselves to greater heights through harmony with our fellow man. A man with a vision only realizes that vision through interaction with his community, and this dependence on others comes from the fact that we cannot exist alone.
In truth, I believe that it is impossible for any single person to be perfect besides those who benefit from Divine Intervention such as Mary and Jesus, but they are perfect for a reason. I think that this is because a single person's perspective is limited to only the experience of a single individual, where as true perfection would require the ability to grasp multitudinous points of view instantaneously in order to know a complete truth. It is the pursuit of this truth that brings humanity together, and despite our differences and weaknesses, it is a truth we will continue to pursue.
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