I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!
Day 51: If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake? I think part of it is the human resistance to looking weak. Making a mistake implies that you’ve somehow screwed up and are therefore weak or less able. However, this resistance intensifies due to social pressure to be a winner–look at how we hand out trophies at children’s sports games so all of the kids will be “winners” and no one will have to “lose” the game. It’s ridiculous! We’ve created a human culture in which errors or “second-best” are seen not as chances to improve but a lingering mark of failure.
This mindset seems to be a fairly new phenomenon and I’m curious/concerned to see how this impacts the next generations as they grow up and go into the world. Will they be afraid to take risks because they were taught that they need always to have a blue ribbon pinned to their jacket, and real life just offers too many chances to fail?