The Norman Transcript


March 7, 2014

The Quest for Perfection

NORMAN — Don Quixote and Sir Galahad had at least one thing in common. Each one was on a quest for perfection. Sir Galahad sought the Holy Grail and Don Quixote sought his perfect lady, Dulcinea del Toboso.

People are never content, always seeking that elusive state of perfection. Is this condition or mindset part of being human?

Take Adam for example. God put the guy in Eden and took care of his needs, but Adam was dissatisfied and thought he was lonely. Some people are just wired to be miserable. Adam was in paradise for heaven’s sake, but he had to open the companionship can of worms. He should have left well enough alone. So even in paradise there was a fly in the ointment, meaning discontentment with the status quo must be part of our DNA.

To keep him happy, God injects Eve into the equation. A big mistake. Women are rarely content with the status quo. Perhaps she was frustrated because unlike furniture the landscape could not be rearranged. Then her reptilian confidante put the bug in her ear, and suddenly Eve wanted to be smarter. See, she was worse than Adam. In the end, her discontentment led to their eviction from Eden. And that was when the couple discovered what true misery was all about.

Women, no matter how gorgeous they may be, tend to be dissatisfied, especially with their appearance. Ask any woman, including a fashion model, and she will quickly point out everything that is, in her mind, a glaring imperfection on her body.

There is always something bad to focus on. Whatever the flaw may be, real or imagined, women only see the flaws such as the ubiquitous issue of weight. If a woman loses weight, whether it is 20 pounds or 100 pounds, that “fat girl” still lurks in the shadows of her mind ready to take her to grumpville. Either she is obsessed with her weight, terrified to gain a couple of pounds, or she continues to think from the “fat girl” point of view. Instead of reveling in her new figure and great accomplishment, she is trapped in her old mindset.

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