We tend to strive after perfection. It’s something we hear a lot of, although the language can be more subtle. We grasp after it like a drowning man grasping at straws, always looking to improve our lot. We clutch at this new thing or that new thing to make us happy, but the shiny wears off and the grass is once again greener on the other side of the fence.
I’ve been noticing that this applies in other ways too. For example, I was looking for opinions on using USB sticks as backup devices the other day. Technically, as long as the stick is large enough and chosen with some care to chose a known reliable brand, I don’t see a problem. But, obviously, I wasn’t the first person to research this. on the old forum thread I discovered, comments began regarding the cost of the solution. The questioner was then called unprofessional, simply for being on a limited budget. This made me stop and realise that there is a lot of defensiveness in the quest for perfection, not to mention an attached ego trip. My own views on professionalism can wait for another time.
For me, there is no such thing as perfection. There is only a completely subjective view of things. What is perfect for one person or situation is not guaranteed to be so for another. Regarding my example above, the USB sticks possibly were the perfect solution to the questioners problem. To someone with different needs, possibly not. The important thing is to realise this and then respect others when they go their own way.