Interesting post. Steve, I'm sure you'll get people thinking with this one! You haven't posted something this controversial in awhile...I was beginning to wonder. And I am wondering what's up with your super posting spree recently. A few thoughts:
The dichotomy of "perfection vs. earthly strife" is flawed, flawed, flawed. Starting with the concept of perfection. Such a thing by definition must be both ultimate and subjective, and is therefor impossible. What I mean by that is--perfection implies not just good, but the best, the best there could ever be. But good implies that it is good to someone--if there is an ultimate, universal good from a consciousness that is not impotent then it must be what is here and now. If it's about what is good to humans or any individual human then it's not ultimate, is it?
I reject the idea there's a ceiling of experience. That sometime, it'll get so good we'll have reached our destination. Why have we secularized heaven? Is it so deeply ingrained in our cultural psyche?
There will always be more to do, learn, experience, and create. I happen to think in empowering people we will not have lost the life lessons we undoubtedly learn through hardship. Economic hardship, for example, is limiting. Will you learn something from it? Hell yeah, you'll learn how to live in economic hardship. You may also learn the value of thing not money but you don't need to live in a ditch to learn that.
Heartbreak on the other hand, is something we learn by virtue of being human. If we don't have circumstances that would break the heart's of most we tend to create them if it's what we desire at some level.