The genealogy of the concept of “perfection” reaches back beyond Latin, to Greek. The Greek equivalent of the Latin “perfectus” was “teleos.” The latter Greek expression generally had concrete referents, such as a perfect physician or flutist, a perfect comedy or a perfect social system. Hence the Greek “teleiotes” was not yet so fraught with abstract and superlative associations as would be the Latin “perfectio” or the modern “perfection.” To avoid the latter associations, the Greek term has generally been translated as “completeness” rather than “perfection.”
The oldest definition of “perfection”, fairly precise and distinguishing the shades of the concept, goes back to Aristotle. In Book Delta of the Metaphysics, he distinguishes three meanings of the term, or rather three shades of one meaning, but in any case three different concepts. That is perfect:
- which is complete — which contains all the requisite parts;2. which is so good that nothing of the kind could be better;3. which has attained its purpose.
Perfection is, broadly, a state of completeness and flawlessness.
My own perspective:
finding perfection means finding completeness. so to be imperfect simply means to be incomplete to me this means every human is a work in progress to becoming complete. starting from birth we seem to never cease to search for the flawlessness. Unless we have fulfilled what have come to believe is our idea of meeting our destiny. This means we may be currently looking for contentment. Until we find with ourselves at ease with, who we are and where we come from, and what we want to be we may never be for feel perfect.Our spirit man must be align with,joy peace, hope, self love ,as well as safety comfort and understanding. My idea of a perfect world is when I am completely, satisfied with my current state. PERFECTION is what I perceive as good wonderful, flawless, incredibly blissful.