I don't want this to appear to be a personal attack of this man in any way because I do not know him. He may be a decent enough man and it is certainly hard to question his intelligence. He's obviously a bright man.
I find this whole thing odd though.
A Canadian man, apparently unable to find the perfect woman, has done the next best thing — he's built himself one.
Le Trung, a 33-year-old software engineer who lives with his parents in Brampton, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto, says he's spent about $20,000 so far on Aiko, a 5-foot-tall female android with clear skin, a slim if shapely figure and a wonderful disposition.
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Again, this is not meant to ridicule Mr. Trung. I do find this whole thing weird though and the pose of the robot in the photo speaks for itself.
What I find fascinating is this: apparently unable to find the perfect woman.
First we can dispense with the obvious fantasy of the "perfect woman". No such thing. To give equal time though, one is even less likely to find a perfect man. In fact my wife would probably settle for one that was merely imperfect instead of hopelessly flawed.
The point is, why would you want a "perfect" anything. Imperfections, flaws, quirks, idiosyncrasies, and blemishes are what makes humans interesting.
I think there is an alarming push for perfection in our society.
People send their children to the right pre-school, the right preparatory school, all to make them perfect little adults. Often the result is an arrogant, better-than-others snob.
My wife and I want our children to be successful. We support them in school. We make sure they do their homework. I would be thrilled if they were all pioneering brain surgeons. What I really want though are for them to become adults that are good people with humility and decency towards others. If one of my children grew to be a janitor that worked hard and treated his family well, I would respect him more than if he were a career-first, pompous professional.
We strive for perfection in our looks. Plastic surgery is still a wildly popular option for perfection. What's more, there is an alarming uptick in teenagers having plastic surgery.
Why we cannot teach our children to be satisfied with what they are instead of trying to be something they are not is beyond me. Let them have a little larger than normal nose, or teeth that aren't completely straight, or a chin that is not quite right. I have been bald most of my children's life. I refuse to do anything about it. Why? Because I just don't care. I've always conveyed this to my kids. We joke about my baldness.
We place dangerously thin models in magazines and give our daughters the impression this is attractive and even healthy. What do we get? We have our daughters starving themselves to mimic the models. We even have girls dying for this. That's perfection?
Finally, we abort children that are not perfect. Trig Palin is the obvious example of this. This is the beautiful son of Sarah Palin. Trig has Down's Syndrome. There are those that are absolutely offended that Ms Palin would allow a child like this to be born. A Canadian physicians group went as far as saying that her having Trig and saying it is ok was dangerous. Her being an example of a loving parent of a Down's child could lead to more women choosing to have children with Down's instead of aborting them. We can't have this. I think this attitude borders on evil.
So, while it may be appealing to have a wife who agrees with everything you say, is a gourmet cook, and has flawless skin, I think I'll stick with my real wife for now. Who (in case she reads this) is of course perfect in every way.