I live by the motto "I'd rather know a little about a lot than a lot about a little!"
And like I said, when I see a Perfect rider, I will eat my own hat.. I don't think it can be done. We can get close, but never achieve perfection. Good description about the imperfect creatures thing. I completely agree.
And once again, I commend your eagerness to learn and accept the fact that you do have things to work on (as we all do!) - it shows a lot of confidence in yourself