Don't Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good

Does anyone know what that means? Just heard it myself the other day. It took me about a minute to figure out what it means or at least what I think it means. Just checking to see if any of you all know what it means too. Nice little phrase, that.

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  1. On the societal level, it probably means that there should be room for the very talented to flourish in a way that’s not to the detriment of the masses. On a personal level, it probably means the pursuit of perfection shouldn’t make one lose sight of the actual goal of the endeavour.

  2. I think of it like this: a pedantic editor who butchers beautiful prose in order to avoid split infinitives. A food snob who can’t enjoy a tasty cheeseburger if it has American cheese.

  3. It means don’t be dissappointed, necessarily, that Russia hasn’t taken Kiev back yet, on its way to Eurasian Union and an axis with Berlin against
    American-Israeli imperialism. Merely creating a Russian-dependent Western Ukraine with a stable, autonomous eastern Ukraine/ Novorussia would be ample, perhaps, at this time.

  4. I’m familiar with it and I think it means don’t fail to do something because you can’t do it perfectly when that would mean not achieving something good. If you do, your perfect ideal is the enemy of a real achievable good. Or if you obsess about getting something perfectly and so don’t release a good version.
    I sort of remember looking it up and it wasn’t what I thought though so I might not have it right.

  5. General Patton famously said, “I would rather have a good plan today than a perfect plan two weeks from now.”

  6. Perhaps, it’s a warning against genetic engineering and trans-humanism. You can make “perfect people” (super-humans), but not morally “perfect people”.

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