What Does “Perfectly Flawed” Mean?

Alright, so some of you have been wondering what the phrase “perfectly flawed” means.  Well, I can tell you what it means to me, and give you some insight into why I thought it was a catchy phrase to title this blog.

I first came up with this term several years ago, and I used it as the title of a blog then, too… Unfortunately it’s a blog that is no longer around, and I didn’t keep up with it well, anyway. The idea behind it is fairly spiritual in nature. In doing a Google search, I notice a lot of other people are using the phrase, too. I don’t think I invented it or anything, but I can go into some detail about what it conveys to me. I’m sure different people might have different interpretations, if they have any at all.

To me, being “perfectly flawed” is a way to reconcile two seemingly contradictory notions, that of perfection and that of being flawed.  We can see examples of this in our everyday lives, but the one that jumps out at me is in art.  It’s certainly possible to create a work that is flawed, but flawed in a way that rather than acting as a weakness acts as a strength. Perhaps this truth applies to marketing, as well… Do you remember a commercial that you felt really irritated by? Maybe you were so annoyed with that commercial you talked about it with others.  Some might say, though the commercial was “flawed” by being annoying, it was at least flawed to the greatest level that something flawed can attain, since it accomplished it’s mission (to be memorable and to make an impact), better than most commercials do.

In dealing with the concept of “perfectly flawed”, one might argue that is something is perfectly flawed, it is not flawed at all, but rather perfect, and that the perceived flaw is only an aspect of it’s perfection.  That could very well be true… Perhaps that’s part of the beauty of the phrase.  It means different things to different people.  When it comes to humanity, I think perhaps the phrase becomes quite apt…  For surely, though we so often testify to the fact that “nobody is perfect”, we experience people we consider to be imperfect in ways that are endearing, and perhaps even ways we find virtuous.  And if we all must be flawed, I think, at least, we should be so to the credit of out nature, rather than it’s detriment.

If God is perfect, and man is flawed, then perhaps being “perfectly flawed” involves the recognition that the two concepts need not seem so separate. After all, if we (who are creatures and creators), are made in the image of God, as many of us accept, does it not seem strange to consider one’s reflection an opposite?

It’s something to think about.