If your idea of perfection is following the ten commandments to the letter for your entire life, then it can't be that hard under the right
circumstances. First off, the wrong circumstances would be living in the midst of millions of people in the modern world. The hardest commandment to
keep in that case would be to covet (want) thy neighbors goods. In this competitive society that is virtually impossible.
I don't how it is where you live, but America is a very diverse country. We have city slickers who will probably never attain the level of perfection
that you are talking about, and then we have people who live in the country who are probably a lot closer to it than you can imagine. Of course it all
depends on what part of the country you're talking about too.
Out here in the western part of the U.S. you are not going to find as many morally upstanding people as you will east of the Continental Divide.
Don't ask me why, but that's just been my personal experience. We have sects of Amish people in the northeast who are as close to your definition of
perfect that you will probably find anywhere else in this country. Growing up, my mom used to take us out to her family, who are Amish, so I saw first
hand how these people, my cousins, uncles, etc... live. Both physically and spiritually they have a very good thing going for themselves. Modest,
hardworking, and they don't take any stock in worldly possessions. They are more than content having what they need. They don't have a want for
anything. If the SHTF it isn't going to affect them at all.
There are also communes of "regular" folk who chose to unplug themselves from the matrix decades ago. There are a couple of generations of these
people living out in woods, and I mean way out, who take care of their own. They grow their own food, live off the land and live their lives more in
tune with nature than the vast majority of Americans do. Most of these communes are going to be roughly in the area of the bible belt, so they are
deeply religious. I'm not talking about the fruitcakes like Westboro either, people like that don't have what it takes to live a peaceful and
Basically, if you want to attain the kind of perfection that you are referring to, find like minded people to live with. Chances are very good though
that you are going to have to live a completely and totally different way of life than what you are now. It can be done, but you won't be able to do
it in the "modern" world. This has nothing to do with brainwashing either. If you have a certain group of people who have been living the same way
of life for generations, it's to the point where everything they think, feel and do is genetically pre-disposed. They are born to live a certain way
of life, and their upbringing only re-enforces that even more. So if they have been living by the ten commandments for 500 years, then you have people
who have been perfect by your definition... for 500 years.
Some people choose to think that the human condition is so at odds with living a righteous life, that spiritual perfection can never be realized. With
the right parental upbringing, societal influence, and genetic disposition though, the scales can be tipped in favor of the righteous life. Our animal
instincts are always going to be with us, there's no avoiding it. But with the right upbringing we can not only keep them in check, but we probably
won't even give them too much thought as that mindset is a world away from what we were pre-disposed to be.
I hope that makes sense..