Perfectionism? Bah! There is not now nor has there ever been a perfect person. Sinless yes but perfect no. Everybody that has ever lived has made boneheaded blunders. That is part of the human experience.When the Bible talks about being ‘perfect’, a better translation would probably be ‘complete’. How can we be complete without our intrinsic ‘imperfections’? What we need to work on much more than our actions themselves is the *motivation* for our actions. That, I believe, is where sin comes in. Whatever we do purely out of unselfish love is rarely sinful, even if it turns into a big pile of steaming ‘broccoli’ in the end. Yoda was wrong, by the way: There is only *try*. We can only control what we *try* to do. The results are up to God. (Just in case you couldn’t tell, I’m mostly ‘preaching’ to myself here)
In all Thénardier's outpourings, the words and gestures, the fury blazing in his eyes, this explosion of an evil nature brazenly exposed, the mixture of bravado and abjectness, arrogance, pettiness, rage, absurdity; the hodgepodge of genuine distress, and lying sentiment, the shamelessness of a vicious man rejoicing in viciousness, the bare crudity of an ugly soul -- in this eruption of all suffering and hatred there was something which was hideous as evil itself and still as poignant as truth.