Ursula K Le Guin On Perfection

   Ursula K Le Guin   (October 21, 1929 - January 22, 2018)
Ursula K Le Guin (October 21, 1929 – January 22, 2018)

Perfection is “lean” and “taut” and “hard” — like a boy athlete of twenty, a girl gymnast of twelve. What kind of body is that for a man of fifty or a woman of any age? “Perfect”? What’s perfect? A black cat on a white cushion, a white cat on a black one . . . A soft brown woman in a flowery dress . . . There are a whole lot of ways to be perfect, and not one of them is attained through punishment.