a counsel of perfection

a counsel of perfection

Instructions or advice given for one to attain an ideal but unfeasible or unrealizable standard. But in the current market, those entering the workforce are coming up against a counsel of perfection, demanding that they have not only a college degree or two, but also several years' experience and a huge list of professional references if they hope to find any job that pays more than minimum wage. So I need inventory in order to start making money, but I won't accumulate inventory until I have money. Doesn't that seem like a counsel of perfection to you? Who said you have to have your whole life figured out in order to be a worthy romantic partner? That sure sounds like a counsel of perfection to me.
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a counsel of perfection

advice that is ideal but not feasible.
1986 E. Hall in Home Owner Manual Twice yearly desludging has been recommended but this is probably a counsel of perfection.
See also: counsel, of, perfection
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She took the command to love your enemies seriously, not just as a counsel of perfection for a select few, but as a standard for Christian discipleship, which put her very much at odds with the mainstream.
This is indeed a counsel of perfection, unlikely to be heeded by writers who think they have something to say.