Who doesn’t want to be perfect?
Well, this is a short, imperfect post, so perfect isn’t something I’ve got figured out. This fun little book, “Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days” will take a third- or fourth-grader a couple hours, tops, and walks the fourth grader through three days of “becoming perfect” via simple instructions. The first two days offer good lessons:
1. Learn to stand up to external pressures, such as by persisting in wearing a large hunk of broccoli for a necklace, and you’ll find a much wider range of choices available in your life.
2. Learn to stand up to internal pressures, such as by persisting in not eating anything but water for 24 hours, and you’ll find you can get what you really want.
The third day’s lesson is a cop-out. Perfect doesn’t necessarily mean “doing nothing at all except drinking weak tea.” But heck, nobody is really that wise to aim for perfect anyway.
A third, lurking lesson, about the key to persuasion and persuasive writing, is left as an exercise for the more advanced reader.