Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Perfection isn't Preferred

In the three pieces, “When I consider How m Light is Spent”, My Mistresses Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun”, and “Can Wikipedia Conquer Expertise?” the author’s discover that attaining perfection isn’t necessary. They are aware of what is perfection, but to them they are fine with what they have. Many times, humans are stressed on attaining the best possible, but as these authors show us, it’s okay to be happy with what you have.

In Shakespeare’s sonnet, “My Mistresses Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun”, he compares here physical beauty to that of the natural world around him, and admits that she is not as beautiful. At the end, however, he admits that he still loves her, because she is unique. I think that this is a very good poem because of its message. In life, everyone wants to have the fastest car, the biggest house, and the most beautiful spouse, but we as this poem shows, we need to be happy with what we have.

In the article by Stacey Schiff, she approaches the same issue. As we all know, an encyclopedia is supposed to be factual and professional, and here she argues that although Wikipedia is not perfection, it offers a great deal more than other encyclopedias can because anyone in the world can be an author. Once again we encounter the theme that it doesn’t have to be perfect to enjoy it.

Shakespeare has the best use of language in his piece. His words are so well chosen that the reader is captivated, and it even seems comical that he goes to such great length to relate his lover to nature such metaphors. Because of this, it is further more evident that he loves his mistress, because he works so hard to describe her in a captivating poem. Obviously, Shakespeare was able to view beauty that is not superficial, and because of this he was able to create a memorable poem.

These poems are related to Jesuit education because they all encourage to find happiness in a world that does not always have immediate happiness in the form of perfection.

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