As a general rule, it frustrates me when people speak in absolutes. “______ is the best player ever,” or “Company x is never going to be able to pull themselves out of this.” As far as I’m concerned, no one can tell the future, and if you can why the heck are you wasting your time talking to me? Go buy some lottery tickets!
For this reason it makes me irate when people describe a product as “the best it’s ever going to be”. To me perfection is unattainable but it is something we should be striving for every day. Case and point, other than in nature, there are always improvements that can be made.
What got me thinking about this for a post is that I happened to see one of my brother’s fishing magazines on the kitchen table while eating breakfast. Since I wasn’t doing much else I decided to leaf through it. What was inside was actually pretty inspiring.
Before I go on, I should say that I’m not an avid fisher by any stretch of the imagination. I only go a few times a year and have had the same rod since my Granddad gave it to me about 15 years ago. I enjoy it, but not enough to consider it a hobby.
That didn’t matter to me, though, because the passion seeping through the pages of this magazine was inspiring. The articles and ads created by people who love (and I mean LOVE) fishing clearly shows that the sport embodies exactly what I stated a few paragraphs ago: The relentless, but futile, pursuit of perfection.
If anything had progressed to the point of perfection, would it not be fishing? Literally one of human’s oldest activities, we have had thousands of years to hone the tools used for fishing. The result of all this time and, I’m sure, literally billions of minds thinking about to improve fishing and it’s still not perfect. There is still new thought being put into it.
I know the pessimistic side of this: That products are developed to encourage unnecessary consumption, and in some cases that may be true. I would say, though, that an avid fisher knows more about fishing than I know about any particular topic and if they are taking the bait (so to speak) who am I to say the product isn’t legitimately better?
As far as I’m concerned, more people need to think this way. Who is so vain to think that something they have been working on for a year or two or even ten can’t still be improved? It may very well be the best product that you can produce at that time, but there is always a way to make it better.