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2015-09-27 12:13 am (UTC)
I suppose so. Perfection is rarely a concept that works in real life. Like idealism and normativity.
At the beginning of your post, I was thinking about being trans: how the knife could be a really good knife, created exactly to plan, and the plan was an excellent example of good design, but in its heart, it is a spoon — that is, it wants to pick up liquids, rather than just cut (after all some spoons have sharp enough edges that they can “cut” through grapefruit or kiwifruit) — and being able to act as a screwdriver, while handy, just isn't something this trans spoon has any interest in.
In other words, if you believe that everything in this universe was predestined by G-d, and G-d would not come up with a plan that is not said to be “perfect”, then G-d in Zeir infinite wisdom, felt that it was necessary to create many people whose bodies are an extremely poor match for their identities, even if those bodies are perfectly shaped at each moment of life according to G-d's plan — perfectly shaped, though not for those bodies' intended users.
Anyway I think the concept has some merit for certain kinds of discussion, and having a word for this concept isn't a bad thing. I'm not against words existing for concepts that are difficult to pin down, even if they can never be precise in meaning, or their meaning — the concepts themselves — are inherently flawed.
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