It can’t be said enough times that perfection is an illusion. Some great quotes and I’d like to add the universe into the the category of imperfections. As Prof. Stephen Hawking put it quite simply:
“One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist… Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist”
So as you rightly say, perfection is an imposition on a system/structure that is inherently beautifully imperfect.
Reading this also brought to mind the Brene Brown TedTalk about vulnerability. How stepping out from our shields and allow ourselves to be seen, to be vulnerable is a greater show of strength than remaining enclosed, safe, behind perfection.
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
I know that personally being shown flawless parenting instills a narrative of marriage that isn’t a reflection of reality, and ultimately misleading as we search for perfection in our relationships.