Do we have a love affair with perfection? Everyone in the workforce has worked in an environment that demands absolute perfection. Some vocations consider this criteria optional whereas others made it a lifestyle choice in the career they pursue (cue Jiro Dreams of Sushi). Human beings will always remain imperfect and yet, our careers, livelihoods, and even relationships with people will demand such a thing. Today we’ll get into what that entails and if humanity’s attempt at perfection is a futile flaw.
Is Our Relationship With Perfection A Futile Flaw? Outline
- What is your definition of perfection?
- Do you work in an environment that commands perfection?
- Is there some justification behind this standard? Why or why not?
- Are there careers that give you more freedom to screw up?
- In this kind of environment, are people more successful or less?
- As Asian-Americans we grow up in traditional households where “just enough” and “perfection” is a very gray line. Why do you feel this is the case?
- Are kids better or worst off growing up within such an environment? Why or why not?
- Does confidence plays a role in the pursuit of perfection. Why or why not?
- There are links between perfection and suicide. Given Asian work cultures reinforce perfection, do you feel the U.S. will do something to improve suicide prevention?
- Why do people want to live a perfection life even though no one holds them accountable for being perfect?
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