There is this alibi of perfection, I would say a tyranny of perfection, which a lot of people use to get off the hook… If you’re hung up on the idea that the relationship has to be perfect, the job has to be perfect, the embrace has to be perfect, you’ll find yourself moving swiftly into autism, into the closet world.
From Cohen Grows Into The Future Gracefully, And With A Grin By Peter Howell. Toronto Star: November 19, 1992.
Also See: “This is a broken world and we live with broken hearts and broken lives but still that is no alibi” “There’s no excuse for an abdication of your own personal responsibilities towards your self and your job and your love” Lessons From Leonard Cohen
I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted November 14, 2011 at DrHGuy.com.