Living with Imperfections
Living with Imperfections
Life isn’t perfect. But people aim for perfection.
Sometimes, they come close to this reality. Nevertheless, they fall short. It
doesn’t matter what they do. They might try their best to be careful, take meticulous
steps, and make important decisions. Still, perfection evades them. This is the
reason why most live with imperfections.
Parents delight when a child is born. They are happy,
rejoice, and give thanks for having a healthy baby. This little infant will
bond with them. However, from birth this precious gift has come into this world
with genes inherited from their family. These manifestations play a role in
what a Black or White child will become. He or she could be healthy, handicapped,
or afflicted with some awful health problem. But parents would do their best to
raise them to have a balanced life in spite of these predispositions.
The age of adolescence presents other challenges. This
is a time of discovery and experimentation. Some young adults have challenges
adjusting to different social environments. They might belong to some group
that their family thinks unwise. Their behavior might appear erratic as they
are buffeted by emotional upheavals. Yet, they could become well-rounded
students, that are able to adjust in society. Whether White or Black, it’s a
time of imperfections. Psychologists view such behavior as a vital stage in an
Soon afterwards adulthood arrives and are laced with
an abundance of trials. By now, it’s time to put one’s education to good use.
Being gifted some people find this transition easier than others. There are
those who struggle because of poverty. It’s a stage to be independent, marry,
and those who are fortunate go on to enjoy the comforts of life. But such goals
are often tarnished for many minorities that have experienced a history of
slavery. Freedom is a far cry to some of them as racial problems become more
pronounced. Learning to navigate this landscape, and keep one’s head above
water is challenging. Yet, these years will reflect the great social divisions between
Whites, and Blacks.
The senior years for middle-class Whites might mean
something altogether different from those of Blacks, as life’s imperfections
continue to strive. For the poor, problems abound. They might grow old, but
they do so while suffering hardships. There is housing discrimination, some Blacks
work in low-end jobs, and live with chronic ailments. These are treated by
doctors who are often insensitive to their plight because of a lack of adequate
health care provisions. Racism in the medical field is known, and there aren’t adequate
options for coping. Despite these conditions the poor is still with us. Inequities
exist, and compassionate workers wonder when there will be justice and peace in
In spite of these dilemmas many good-natured people hope
for better days. The activists keep fighting, praying, and have dedicated their
lives to social change. These individuals often witness victories and setbacks.
Yet, they persist with their causes. But well-wishers soon realize Americans
live in an imperfect world. They continue to work for change. Still, opposing
forces stand in the way of those who insist on challenging the status quo. But,
the struggle for perfection persists. It seems that with all that these well-meaning
people do, it’s still not enough. It’s just the reality of living with
imperfections while trying to make life better.