Migranos Wych

Wednesday, April 9th 2014

Migranos Wych

Wych

Tuesday, April 8th 2014

Wych

Katlee

Monday, April 7th 2014

Katlee

The Failure of Success

Saturday, April 5th 2014

Reward success! Reward the people who do Great Things. If a person fails, they should suffer (or, more euphemistically, not be rewarded). That gives the person an incentive to avoid failure and pursue success. At least, that's how some people think we should organise society.

But if you only reward success, the incentive is to look successful. Even if you have been unsuccessful! Yes, there is undeniable failure that's obvious the everyone. Sometimes its hard to pretend to yourself or others. But sometimes you can choose to look successful even when you haven't been. An unsportsmanlike pretense creeps in.

For a scientist it might mean only publishing the research that got meaningful results. For a politician it might mean denying (or covering up) policy failures. For a company it might involve creative accountancy. For the mad person it might mean seeing a conspiracy by hidden saboteurs. For an artist it might mean destroying all her bad works before other people see them. For some it means defending their actions or ideas despite evidence that disproves them. The emphasis on success tends to breed cover-ups, pretense, denials and delusion.

If the worth of a person is measured by their success those who fail are less worthy. Less important. Perhaps even immoral.

Sergeant Tufflor

Friday, April 4th 2014

Sgt Tufflor

Wizardress

Thursday, April 3rd 2014

Wizardress

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