The Problem With Perfection

A quick glance at Instagram or Facebook reveals nearly perfect images of seemingly perfect events, with apparently no sorrow evident. This, of course, could not be further from the truth. However, as social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook become increasingly prevalent in today’s society, one would almost be forgiven to assume that this perfection is the norm, that some people just have nearly flawless lives. The problem with this, however, is that nothing could be further from the truth, that there is no such thing as a nearly flawless life. One might try their best to project a near perfect image, but there is no humanly way possible to have a perfect life.  As far as I’m concerned, the words “perfection” and “life” don’t belong in the same sentence. To live is to screw up, to make mistakes. If we’re lucky, we learn a thing or two from these shortcomings. However, don’t make the mistake of assuming that a person’s life is nearly flawless because their Instagram photos are. Human beings are imperfect creatures who fail on a daily basis and are in need of eternal forgiveness and grace. There’s nothing inherently wrong with social media, just don’t equate someone’s online life with their real one.

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