We in our land of optimists like to believe our species is perfectible.
Neither markets nor government are perfectible; the best we're going to get is ones that work pretty well most of the time.
But as man is perfectible this condition of things cannot last.
He is perfectible, seeks after improvement, and shuns deterioration.
Hence he is perfectible through nature, and merely conforms to nature in improving his mind and in bettering his condition.
The Mennonites believed that man was essentially depraved; Ballou believed that he was perfectible.
You pretend man's perfectible, that woman's got a capacity for disinterested self-sacrifice.
But this work is perfectible and it contains in its constitution even the principles of its perfectibility.
Man is not a perfectible animal; not on this side of eternity.