In praise of failure

In my last post, I distinguished between two forms of ignorance, a (bad) static version and a (good) dynamic one. A similar distinction can be made regarding failure:

“The word failure is imperfect. Once we begin to transform it, it ceases to be that any longer. The term is always slipping off the edges of our vision, not simply because it’s hard to see without wincing, but because once we are ready to talk about it, we often call the event something else — a learning experience, a trial, a reinvention — no longer the static concept of failure.”
Sarah Lewis on the gift of failure

My one quibble with this quote is the word “imperfect” could have been read defectively as meaning “participating in a perfection not yet achieved.” Otherwise, it is a lovely quote.

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