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5 thoughts on “Failure

  1. Harshly worded in my opinion. I am a believer in the idea that you are responsible for your actions, and that you should learn from your mistakes but am not comfortable with the word failure. I think the word mistake would be better.

    Does our society reward failure? Only if failure ultimately results in success. But when failure does not? How does society treat those who fail? Fail and failure are very strong judgmental words with a very negative connotation.

    And why do we use the word fail and failure when talking about human actions? I am comfortable with the term being applied to mechanical items and not comfortable about it being used as a measurement/assessment of human actions.

    We are bombarded by the idea of failure from an early age and it has become an even larger problem in the age of social media, where our “failures” are made public, sometimes without our consent.

    Interesting topic to muse on.

    • I think one of the problems with failing is we think it is a bad thing. Yet, it is more common to fail than it is to succeed. You could even say you have’t really succeeded until you have failed a few times.

      I would be happy to use another word if we can find a suitable replacement.

      • Yes but if you look at the root word of fail/failure (v) it comes the Latin root fallire to mean “to deceive, trick, dupe, cheat, elude; fail, be lacking or defective.” Very negative! I like Phaedrus
        “We fail all the time its just that we do not see it. Part of the root of the word fail stems from fall, one may come to a deeper understanding of failure through learning the art of falling upwards.”

        So let’s fall upwards!

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