Date: December 01, 2017 06:34PM
Catholics strive for perfection as well. There came a point when I started to see that quest for perfection as being a very unhealthy thing. I call it "staring into your own navel syndrome." There is a thing as too much (incriminating) self reflection.
I got a different point of view when I studied the Taoist faith in high school and university. The Taoists embrace imperfection, seeing it as an inevitable part of life. Taoist artists will even include a deliberate imperfection in their paintings to reflect that point of view. Also, if you look at a Taoist painting, often the person depicted will be only a small part of a picture that is really about the larger majesty of nature. It's like the artist is saying, "You are a very small part of a much larger picture. Don't take it all so seriously."
Look at the banner at the top of the linked page. Try to find the human!http://www.chinaonlinemuseum.com/painting-lan-ying.php