by Mark Karris

Freedom From Perfect(Shun)
Mark Karris
Matthew 5, Matthew 11:28

Illustration-We are addicted to perfection. Did you know that Americans spend roughly about $40 billion dollars a year to have the perfect lawn. I feel like I have to repeat that, just let that sink in a moment. Americans spend $40 billion dollars a year to have finely shaped, green and vibrant looking grass on their properties.
Did you know that through modern technology we are presently able to screen for genetic illnesses, select a boy or a girl and we are to identify the healthiest embryo in the lot in an attempt to pay for the "perfect" child.
Men and women, on their quest for the perfect body, spend billions of dollars a year for their perfect bodies through cosmetic surgeries, many of whom we watch on our favorite television shows or movies. And as we watch our flawless and favorite scenes we don't realize that it probable took about 20 takes just to get it that way.
We listen to music that has been so produced and polished that to perform some songs live is impossible, which is why so many well known artists are continually getting caught lip syncing.
We are immersed in a culture that seeks after and is addicted to perfection in it's various forms, which in many ways can have devastating and grave consequences. Certainly there are many stories of men and woman who are in bondage to eating disorders and there are plenty of botched cosmetic surgeries that have left countless people in perpetual pain and isolation. Here is an example of a unique environmental consequence due to America's obsession for the perfect lawn.
Ted Steinberg lists some of the consequences of American's quest for the perfect lawn, he writes: "Using a gas-powered leaf blower for half an hour creates as many polluting hydrocarbon emissions as driving a car seventy-seven hundred miles at a speed of thirty miles per hour. Approximately seven million birds die each year because of lawn-care pesticides. In the proces ...

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