Every so often, I’ve heard an interesting phrase: ‘in a perfect world’ or ‘in an ideal place’ and it made me wonder about this perfection and ideal perception. The unreachable dream. It seems to me that the world, not to be stereotypical or in any way, has evolved with this imprinted negative perception of the place where we are. No wonder…anywhere you look, there’s terrorism on the news, murder, crime, injustice, natural disasters. Even the adverts show charities desperately needing support to sustain the life of both people in 3rd world countries, or animals about to go extinct. All this seems far from perfection (unless you’re some sort of psycho who enjoys this kind of grim and disturbing life).
Kant said humans cannot reach summum bonum on earth and I think he couldn’t have been more wrong. Yes, of course, for some this will be a struggle and many people will have their right at an attempt to be happy taken away from them from the first breath, but does that mean we are all doomed? Do we need to search for Plato’s world of forms?
Marvell, in his poem ‘The Garden’ talks about solitude and being at one with nature and its beauty. He loves the pastoral so much, it completely over-runs his mind; the complexity, structure, order and harmless beauty reflected in the structure and heroic couplets of the stanzas. In the poem, Marvell seems to reject all romantic love and devote himself nature and the garden (all happening in our ‘not so perfect’ world obviously). This neo-classical, Hellenistic poem, already expresses the hate for mankind ‘society is all but rude’, and all the references to Eden seem to refer to a time before the creation of Eve and The Fall. Has being ‘cast out of Eden’ destroyed us all, leading us to believe this world cannot be ideal and perfect?
We have the power to change anything we want. The ‘ideal’ and ‘perfect’ is now. Don’t miss it. Saying ‘It doesn’t happen to me’ or ‘that’s what happens to the others’ is a dead end. We are all the others. I believe that the world can be anything we want it to be…why not perfect?