Human Perfectibility

Based off of this years readings, the recurring theme of human perfectibility seemed to end up in each one of the texts. We consistently say that no one is perfect, that everyone makes mistakes, and that adds to everyone's individuality but can it be possible to be perfect? According to Epictetus, Thoreau, Niestche, and Wollstonecraft all believed that there was something each person could do to essentially make them perfect but just because they think that's how the perfect person acts, does that actually mean they are perfect? The following collection of pieces show how human perfectibility is almost impossible when everyone views perfect as different.  

“It is time to effect a revolution in female manners...and make them, as a part of the human species, labour by reforming themselves to reform the world.” ― Mary Wollstonecraft
This photo shows a women seducing a man just for power including how she dresses appealing to the eye. To Wollstonecraft, perfectibility lies in the equality of women from society especially men.
"Need has created use as man contrives device for his comfort...The limbs, the sense, came first, their usage afterwards. Never think they could have been created for the sake of being used."
Lucretius felt the more simple your life was with necessities for survival, the more perfectly you lived essentially. He felt everything else was extra than people would need to lead a perfect life.
"Philanthropy...it is greatly overrated, and it is over selfishness which overrates is."
Thoreau finds perfection in selflessness and doing work that provides you what you need to survive and the idea of gaining more for yourself or someone else to make you look charitable is ridiculous.
“We are unknown to ourselves, we men of knowledge ...We have never sought ourselves - how could it happen that we should ever find ourselves?...our treasure is where the beehives of our knowledge are.”
This shows how Nietzsche thought that the manipulation we allow ourselves to feed into instead of our own beliefs makes us not be our real selves but parts of ourselves and other people's beliefs.
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