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Mary Poppins Perfectionism is Harmful

Fr. Longenecker believes seeking perfections is...far from perfect:

Along with all the other modern heresies I wonder if we oughtn't to recognize a new one: Perfectionism. Now, by 'perfectionism' I don't just mean being persnickety and fussy about details. I don't just mean that somewhat neurotic tendency to be obsessive about things. Instead I'm talking about the modern ambition to be (like Mary Poppins) 'practically perfect in every way', and this ambition is rooted in an underlying assumption that we can actually achieve success in every endeavor and create a 'perfect' life. What I'm talking about is an individualistic kind of utopianism. We may not wish to create a perfect world, but we do think we can make our world perfect.
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