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What is the Perfect Person?

There is an ancient phrase in the western world called "Deus ex Machina". Translated, this means "A God from the Machine". In literature, this describes a common event at the end of Greek dramas in which a pulley would lower an actor playing a god over the stage to portray the realized moral of the story. The problem is, that we only glean the ideals of the storyteller whom we obviously cannot believe is perfect.

My question to the TED society is actually many questions: What are characteristics of great men and women? Is morality to be taken into account? How do we, as simple humans, see perfection? Most importantly, in what direction and by what method is best in order to try to become that "Perfect Person"?

*Keep in mind that I have written the word "person" and not "human" into my question. The perfect human would have, at its bare bones, non-existential traits such as strength, stamina, fertility, etc. In other words, do not confuse "Superhuman" with "Perfect Person".


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  • Jul 24 2012: I perfection is actually imperfection, because without imperfection there would be no way for people to become better. Without growth, perfection goes out the window and you're back to being perfectly imperfect.
    • Jul 25 2012: interesting insight! can't perfection be fluid though? austerity is imperfection in itself
      • Aug 8 2012: If by fluid you mean always changing or trying to change for the better, then yes, definitely. Or, wait, do you mean that people could shift from one type of perfect to another? Because then there would be many different ways to be a 'perfect person,' and this thread could be called 'What makes perfect people?'

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