How many of you know someone who is perfect? Dismiss those people who claim they are perfect, and Olympians and "dancing with the stars" performers who receive tens for their routines. The closest person to perfection I know of, is Mary Poppins, and her claim is to be "almost nearly perfect." Perfection as a manifested quality in human nature is no where to be found. What is commonly found in human nature, however, is widespread imperfection. Although each individual, human being, while having a general uniformity of physical structure and mental capacities, has a multiplicity of unique adaptions to those general natural outlines. So too with all things manifested in our world. For instance, take snowflakes, each one has six general peeks, but within the interior of those peeks lays an entirely unique pattern; each pattern different form all other snowflakes. Let us take a look at all plants and animal spices, although similar in general form and function they are specifically unique as to individual expression of these general conditions of Nature. Even Mother Nature, does not operate from the quality of perfection. We can easily confirm that statement by arguing thus: if Mother Nature worked in an absolutely perfect manner, then all areas of her manifestation would be flawless. All spices would conform atom for atom, molecule for molecule, with no variation and no unique adaptions. This empirically, is not Nature's way. Nature, as we know her, operates imperfectly, yet with an ultimate aim towards perfection, thus allowing for trail and error. Universal Nature has not as yet perfected the Kosmos.
Nature in her operations is flexible and adaptive, allowing for misdirection and failure, but able to turn her failures into gradual successes. Nature is a genius leaner, and ever so meticulously, and with enormous patience moves progressively forward, towards full expression of her ultimate aim. Nature is like "good", as in ideal parents, who allow their children plenty of space in which to discover, to learn, and to develop, but always under their watchful and guiding eyes and always with the aim of "good" development. The good development of Nature's aim is in the light of expressing the highest principles that lie within each being and entity.
These highest principles which Universal Nature express are the central, creative fires, which permeate, shape, and motivate our lives, and the lives of all beings, entities, and things. St. Paul says that these highest principles are the essential elements, ..."in which we live, move, and have our being"... These principles are the essential core of all life, and at their highest, are divine and represent perfection. As living, conscious representatives of these principles, our ultimate aim is to attune, express, and live in accordance with them. This kind of attuned action is a true definition of virtue in its purest sense.
Even though very few of us are, in this period of evolution, capable of full expression of our highest principles, we can still aspire towards their fulfillment. If we accept Universal Nature's way, and step in time with Her, we will ever so patiently move, hand and hand with Her towards divine fulfillment.