Failure As A Privilege

The exaltation of failure is the result of lucky people not knowing they are lucky.

If you live with a mindset wherein failure is acceptable as part of life – or worse, desired – you are privileged. If you can dust yourself off and try again, you are privileged. If you think others should ‘pick themselves up by their bootstraps’, you are brain-washed.

The privilege of failure is often confused with tenacity, or discipline, or ‘hard work’.

For many, failure means they don’t get to eat, pay rent, survive, making failure a path towards destitution. Failure can mean a spiral into unchecked mental and physical demise, which one needs a societal and personal support system. The former of which does not exist at an easily accessible level in the US system.

Minor failures can help you grow. Major failures can kill you. Unless you are lucky.

This post brought to you by frustration with society’s constant advocation of the illusion versus reality of the American Dream.

The State of the World

The term ‘the state of the world’ isn’t something I would have used to describe anything until recent times. I find that the West – particularly Americans – believe Western/American events are world events instead of localized.

And while I still believe that, times have shifted a bit.

Climate change. Mass shootings. Fascism. Drastic inequality. These are world issues in that they not only affect all of us, but in that a unified, global front must be had to contend with them.

One can argue mass shootings are a uniquely American phenomenon and – to a point – they are in modern times. That a supposedly advanced society breeds such archaic laws and the mindsets that accompany them is unique. But every single region that has experienced genocide or executions or terrorism or war has had mass shootings. The mindset to commit these atrocities is global. The access to commit them is American.

The pressure to stop it, all of it, must be global.