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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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  • Aug 1 2012: One of the main points of perfection is completion and I don't think it's possible for people to be complete, and subsequently perfect, on their own because humans were meant to connect with one another and form groups. Moving forward from this, I think the more people as a whole can commune together as a single unit, the more perfect we become. Individual people are like individual pixels making up a digital picture, which become complete when they come together to form a unified picture.
    • Aug 2 2012: That's definitely an interesting take!

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