Recent Examples on the Web Winnicott pushed back strongly against the idea that children require perfection from their parents, or that children should be perfectible. —Elliot Haspel, The Atlantic, 10 May 2022 Philosophers such as Rousseau, whose worldview inspired many progressives, believed that human nature is highly malleable, even perfectible, so long as the right corrections are made to the social structure. —Nate Hochman, National Review, 16 July 2019 Young people appear to have internalized irrational social ideals of the perfectible self that, while unrealistic, are to them eminently desirable and obtainable. —Lizzie Plaugic, The Verge, 6 Apr. 2018 Jefferson instead embraced an Enlightenment creed that regarded humanity as potentially perfectible if freed from too much government. —Alan Taylor, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2017 Cigarette rolling is a mini-craft project unto itself, repeatable and perfectible. —John Sherman, Longreads, 15 Sep. 2017 Since real people are far from perfectible, they must be forced to assume their places in Utopia. —Kevin Passmore, Slate Magazine, 20 Jan. 2017 See More
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