In Praise of Imperfection

Rita Levi Montalcini, 20 april 2009

Rita Levi Montalcini, 20 april 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

INTERESTING THOUGHT: If we were perfect, we would not have a need to improve. Therefore there would be no evolution, like in the case of insects which have remained the same for the last 600 million years. SO: Is it possible that evolution takes place because of our imperfect nature? In which case, the more we acknowledge our imperfections, the more chances we have to work on them, and improve, and evolve towards a more efficient way of being.

Extracts from the prologue of the autobiographical book “In Praise of Imperfection” (Levi Montalcini 1988) Written by Rita Levi Montalcini (Torino 1909) 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of nerve growth factor (NGF).

… Without following any pre-established plan, but my inspiration from time to time … I have resolved to what could be defined as” the imperfection of life and of  work “. The fact that the activity that I have developed in such an imperfect way has been and still is for me an inexhaustible source of pleasure, suggests that the imperfection in the performance of the task we have set ourselves or that has been assigned to us may be more appropriate to human nature, imperfect as it is, than perfection …

… The progressive increase in brain volume and, more dramatically, its intellectual abilities were the result of a disharmony that caused a number of complex psychological and aberrant behaviors, fate of which, however, escaped our traveling companions, from primates to those anthropomorphic, infinitely more numerous, which appeared hundreds of millions of years before us, and probably will outlive us: Insects: those which today inhabit the surface of the planet, basically indistinguishable from their remote ancestors, which lived 600 million years ago. From the first specimen on, its brain the size of a pin head, appeared in such a degree suitable to solve environmental problems and to evade predators, that did not enter the whimsical play of mutations : evolutionary stagnation due to the perfection of the primary specimen. “…


About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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