What is a perfect victory?
Simple question, hard to answer.
Perfection implies flawlessness. If perfection is truly only attainable by being flawless across the board, then perfection is not attainable, because the universe and everything in it is not flawless. Of course, that also depends on what a flaw is to you. Some would see human anger as a flaw. Others would see human anger as a trait, that is neither bad nor good - it just is, like an element. Hydrogen, for example. If all "flaws" are not flaws at all, and are simply traits that "be," then does that mean everything is perfect regardless of what state it's in, since flaws don't really exist? I find this kind of compelling. In a sense, "it is what it is."
Ultimately, our perception of "flaw" is determined by us, the definers. Definition is just a democratic way of determining what words are used for. The most common usages determine the definition of a word. This is why one should not seriously get wrapped up in semantics - ultimately, it means what we say it means. And what we say can change. But I'm not being serious here, I'm playing.
I've struggled to define the word "perfection" for years. I'm afraid to say I am no closer to defining it now than I was then. So let's leave it for now and explore it later.
But what about victory? That's the other part of the phrase I'm trying to define.
In racing, it is often said that "a win's a win, whether by a mile or an inch." This states that there is no degree to a win. You win, or you don't. By how much makes no difference. Doesn't it though? Doesn't a win by a mile have a different effect on the minds of the winner and the loser over a win by an inch? Does not a close finish give hope to the runner-up, while a crushing defeat leaves the runner-up with lost hope and the winner more elated? This seems to indicate that a win is not simply a win. Domination above and beyond simply winning is possible.
In the San Francisco region of the SCCA, there are 13 total autocross events scheduled for the summer series. Last weekend was round 6. In the rules, each 4 events competed adds one drop round in the points championship, which means that if 13 rounds are run, the competitor with the 9 best finishes wins the championship.
I currently have 5 wins in 5 visits. Each win is worth 200 points, so I have 1,000 points.
If I win 9 rounds, I will have the highest effective points score possible at 1,800.
Is that a perfect victory? A flawless victory? A domination? I don't know. All I know is that's the best I can do given the rules. And I will chase it.
Update: I did not realize there were 13 rounds scheduled, not 8. I have corrected the numbers. Perfect eh?
Let's finish off this pretentious post with some video, and a dose of reality. I'm getting a big head.