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Charly Haversat's Talk About Perfection is on the Nirvana Fallacy

By: Alyson Wyers - Mar 31, 2016
In her talk about perfection, Charly Haversat discusses the negative ramifications of our society's obsession with perfection. Also known as the Nirvana Fallacy, this obsession is defined by the attitude of 'if I can't do it perfectly, I'm not going to do it at all.' Voltaire also famously said "perfect is the enemy of the good."

Instead, the speaker encourages the pursuit of good enough. Although people may say that perfection is an illusion, it is clear people think it's not just possible, but probable. She uses several examples to show this is the case. The obsession with perfection has resulted in America's "lost ability to negotiate incremental gains," or the ability to compromise. Many people, political groups included, are so intent on winning they have a dangerous disregard for consequences.

The talk about perfection encourages a move from cultures of fear and toward cultures of innovation.