Do you like speaking to an answering machine, to leave a message? It seems that most people don't. And yet talking down the 'phone to leave dialogue on a machine that reproduces what you say, perfectly, should be seen as a good and reliable way to communicate. Better than the alternative of leaving a message through just a few words of text, surely? But no, most of us choose to text a few words (despite how fiddly it might be) rather than leave a voice message, just talking, which should be a more natural and effortless and familiar way to be.
Machines, even those which are perfect at what they do, don't always deliver sweeping changes and aren't always warmly embraced.
How desirable is perfection?
Common sense says it's got to be a good thing, right?
Clinically, in mental health we often strive for "good enough" or "as good as can be" rather than perfection.
Our machines have loftier aspirations.
It seems that every ECG machine now wants a perfect reading. Anything less than perfect is flagged as abnormal. Indeed, it's printed out, "Abnormal ECG," along with conjecture as to why. Almost always it is normal. Or normal enough. Not something that a doctor would document as "abnormal" anyway. But unless it's perfect, the ECG machine chews out paper documenting "abnormality" which causes no end of stress and nuisance.
I really do want to do something quite gratuitous to it's rusty innards.
Sometimes I don't want perfection, I want normal.