I feel very strongly about the use of the expression “In a perfect world…”. It usually comes up in discussions about improvements or proposals for change when someone says something like “In a perfect world, this would be great.” or “Well that’s just utopian, isn’t it”.
I’m as cynical as they come, but perhaps I’m just too optimistic for my own good.
What exactly is wrong with wanting to make changes that work in a perfect world? If you keep dismissing ideas or suggestions because you’re not in a perfect world right now, you’re effectively closing the door on opportunities to help bring yourself closer to that perfect world.
What’s wrong with taking the first steps to preparing for that utopian future? To build yourself a foundation for a better environment, a better work place, a better life?
If you wait for the world to be utopia before you try any of these things, you’ll never experience anything remotely close to it.
In a perfect world, I would be more healthy.
In a perfect world, I would show more kindness to others.
In a perfect world, I would drive my car less and walk, ride, or use public transport more.
In a perfect world, the client would give us requirements before we ask for them.
In a perfect world, we would use coding standards and best practices and good design patterns.
In a perfect world, I would be a better human being.
Noone and no world is perfect, but don’t ever let that stop you from wanting to do and be better. And never use the impossibility of perfection as an excuse for your laziness and indifference.