The Vision of Perfection

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We, as humans, live in a world today where the dust of improvement never completely settles in the air. With every year that goes by, some new piece of technology emerges that will seem to make our lives easier and thus making our lives ultimately seem perfect. Every blackberry, laptop, iPod, High Definition television and convertible has been proclaimed by the media as necessities; therefore, items one cannot live without and must own. The more technologically advanced one is, the more perfect his or her life becomes. This factor, this need for perfection, has evolved rapidly over the course of human history and may be in for a head-on collision course for disaster and confusion. Lauren Slater’s, “Dr. Daedalus” and David Brooks’s, “Our Sprawling, Supersize Utopia”, share this aesthetic notion of perfection in action. No matter how “unnatural” or over-the-top these changes may be, it seems impossible now to turn back to how we once lived: horse driven carriages instead of Ferrari’s, live classical music instead of hip hop and R&B blasting in our headphones, children playing outside instead of gluing their eyes to the television for hours at a time, and going over to visit a friend instead of sending a two worded text consisting of “what’s up?” Perfection has consumed the lives of many and has caused Americans to make drastic changes in order to keep up with the vision of perfection even though it hasn’t come into existence.

Americans have been so blind-sided by all the shiny gadgets and the commercialization of “necessities” around them that they have confused the idea of what they want with what they need. This need for perfection is a want—a secret desire in disguise. We trick our minds into thinking we need that $50,000 brand...

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...en one goes as far as spending all their money in order to attain this vision of perfection. What appears to be a want for one individual can end up being interpreted as a need for another but confusing one’s wants with one’s needs may come at a high cost and one must take precaution when watching commercials that tell one otherwise. America has come a long way in the subject of technology but has also grown too dependent on it as well. We, as Americans, can never go back to how we once lived with horse drawn carriages or going out to see the world if technology were to cease to exist. This vision of perfection that Americans have can spiral out of control to changes that don’t need to be changed and irreversible surgery that scars us for life, but we continue in pursuit of our perfection because it is the only way we know how to live—to live for a perfect future.

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