‘practice makes perfect,’ they sometimes say. they being that generic group of people who say things. i caught myself quoting this quip not long ago, and i quickly corrected myself. ‘no it doesn’t, actually,’ i reflected.
certainly sometimes practice can lead to perfection, but often ‘perfection’ is unreachable, and rightfully so, causing us to strive for some unobtainable ideal, and in doing so pushing ourselves and others farther.
ian came up with a mathematical response to the expression ‘practice makes perfect’ with which i quite agree: