He spoke a bit rudely sometimes. Many of his statements seemed a bit difficult to digest. His thoughts were quite impractical. He was far from perfect. He had his failings. It's easy to look up to perfection. But is it easy to live with imperfections?
When we see something out of our line of thinking and reasoning, out of our values and beliefs, we feel a bit irritated, or restless, or maybe even angry. If it is imperfect, we often show intolerance to it. It is only natural. We need things to match our line of thought. It is something like - it's my way or no other way. Our knowledge and experiences condition ourselves to certain beliefs. Beliefs about self are good. But extreme self-righteousness about our beliefs makes us border on the arrogant and fanatical intolerance. It's good to believe but it's praiseworthy to respect other's right to have their own beliefs.
When we believe in something, it is because we view that belief as a model of perfection. We have role models only of people who measure up to certain benchmarks of excellence. Each of us admire different traits, and qualities, hence each of us have a different measurement of the best. So, what is perfect for us may actually be imperfect for someone else. You may admire humility, but your friend may consider this humility as a weakness in business. Our vision of the same quality is rated differently by different people. We are constantly seeing imperfections around us, which in reality could be a perfection for someone else. Just as you have a right to your own idea of perfection, others have a right to their's. When you feel imperfections around you, don't feel perturbed. Be calm, silent, still. Just accept it, embrace it. Because an external imperfection has not been caused by you nor expected to be remedied by you. It exists as a mark of human diversity. Overlook imperfections.