How do you define perfection? Mr. Webster lists a plethora of qualities which apply to perfection. I shall not attempt to list them all, but the second definition mentioned I think fits my idea: "Being entirely without fault or defect."
In an attempt to describe perfection, I must first narrow the concept to fit what the adjective is trying to describe. My idea of the concept is quite narrow and exact. I must further qualify what it is that I am attempting to describe as perfect.
Perfection must include structure, color, sound and taste as criterion to determine perfection. Let me narrow the area of concern. To be perfect in appearance should include structure and detail. If I wish to describe a beautiful picture, I would need to be concerned with design, color and accuracy of the subject.
I think the most accurate models of perfection are found in nature. The natural world leaves no room for human error. A flower to be perfect would be without fault or defect. To describe that flower in an attempt to reproduce it exactly, one would have to be concerned with accuracy of shape, color and all aspects of the flower and the accuracy used in painting it.
Each of us possesses certain values to be found in the subject being described. If it is photographically accurate, we might describe it as perfect. In the design of a new reproduction of that flower, if the design of the new reproduction is accurate in every aspect of the original, it must display no defects, and we may describe it as perfect.
In the design of a new automobile, if it meets the criteria, it must display no defects and we may describe it as perfect. If we are describing the beauty of a human being, this person must have all aspects in appearance as perfect. The criteria used to determine perfection must be to portray it as near to what we feel is as without flaw or design.
Enough of the fine detains for determining perfection. My idea of perfection in the appearance of a person as far as clothing is concerned means the clothing must not be garish in color or design and fit asthetically with the natural coloration of physical features. My idea of a lady dressed to perfection would have the color of her clothing to blend with her hair color and facial shading, makeup, eye shadow, eyebrows, etc. Do these aspects fit her choice of clothing?
As a fitting example, I saw a middle aged lady, beautiful, dressed in clothing fitting her age, style and general appearance, accenting her figure in good taste. I was really impressed with the general appearance of this lovely lady. If I were her escort, I would be pleased with my partner's appearance. I would love to be seen with her again.
Page 2 of 2 - So you see, one area of perfection might be the appearance of this person, was she dressed in "good taste"?
Another very dramatic area of perfection is the way subjects in the natural world appear. I have a small garden with some very beautiful perennials. Among them are irises, roses, cornflowers and daylilies. This year has been a wonderful year for flower gardens. Some species of flowers have been especially colorful and larger than usual. For me to describe them would of necessity describe them as perfect, no irregularities in shape of coloration.
My coneflowers have been especially colorful, larger and more dramatic in color. This has attracted many butterflies to visit them. One of nature's offerings has been exceptionally beautiful. The size and symmetry of the coneflowers is so dramatic in all ways.
One day as I was pulling weeds in the garden, in my search for perfection, it was suddenly that the petals of a beautiful coneflower possessed all of the criteria of perfection, shape, design and coloration. But it was not until this beautiful black and blue swallowtail butterfly landed on one of the coneflowers that in all of the elements of beauty they came together in concert to create a new combination to illustrate true perfection. After many attempts to create this new combination with my camera, at my side before my every eyes it happened.
When this beautiful butterfly landed on the coneflower, I was struck by the natural beauty that the "Great Creator" allowed to exist. There could not have been a more perfect wedding of shape, color and design. The butterfly with its large wings fully extended, and the coneflower with its beautiful mauve and purple, and the proper amount of sunlight to emphasize the wonderful qualities of both butterfly and the coneflower.
When I had this film developed, I was totally blown away when I saw a clear crystalline dew drop just to add a most dramatic entity to the already heavenly creation. The perfection of those three elements together to create a breathtaking ending to my search for perfection.