I think this can be interpreted in several ways. If I understand this as it was meant by the Japanese, then perfection comes from the absence of ego, that there is perfection in selfless action. But when I first read it I thought it simply sounded like a slacker's mantra- why bother trying at all. As I thought about it more, I came to the conclusion that perfection becomes more difficult to achieve because we are pushing the limits of our abilities, but it doesn't mean we shouldn't still strive for perfection. It's not a reason to give up. Why not try to be the very best you can be? And it doesn't mean that less-than-perfect results aren't acceptable. Every attempt is a necessary part of the education needed to achieve perfection.
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