Are We Too Afraid to Fail?by The Augustan on 08/18/2014
Meaningful progress generally involves a willingness to take risks, embrace uncertainty, and acknowledge our shortcomings.
Experimenting with new ideas, asking questions, and seeking guidance are all a part of our growth and development. Interestingly, these acts can invite public scrutiny. To what degree does shame and the fear of ridicule prevent people from taking the necessary steps to better their lives and the lives of those around them?
For example, when we condemn politicians because their policies do not meet our expectations, is it possible that we are also discouraging future innovation and creativity? When we stereotype and demean low income single parents, is it possible that we are also alienating them and making them feel ashamed to seek guidance? When we stigmatize people who are struggling with addictions or depression, is it possible that we are also making it more difficult for them to come forward and admit their issues?
If we are unwilling to give people a reasonable amount of latitude to be wrong, make mistakes, and admit their struggles, then how can we ever hope to make any meaningful progress?