Who and What is the Happy Warrior

The Happy Warrior is the title of a poem... and yes, I love this poem. I do not wish to be mischaracterized, for the most part poetry is not my bag. I am not an afficionado of literature nor am I a metro-sexual (I despise that term) but a dear friend introduced me to this masterpiece of prose several years ago... it has provided no end of inspiration. The Happy Warrior by William Wordsworth outlines the qualities of a magnificent soul. I aspire to possess even one or two characteristics that "every man in arms should wish to be."

This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.

(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Virtue of Failure

This story headlined on MSN.com.... I have a few thoughts to share:

The most fantastic (and necessary) element of human existence may be the opportunity to fail. And yet failure appears to be public enemy #1 of a good intentioned culture. An entire generation (no, two generations including mine) has been socially engineered in an effort to surgically remove failure. Red pen marks were demonized (and educators strongly encouraged to use "kinder" colors when correcting papers); scoreing little league games has been prohibitted for participants under certain ages; tall slides, trampolines and dodge ball have been banned because someone might get hurt; school district policies forbid teachers from failing (giving an "F") to students which allows them to be promoted to the next level; banks and businesses have been artificially preserved from the consequences of business choices under the mantra "they are too important to fail". Many well sounding government services are designed to insulated us from pain, struggle and failure but these risk dependence, dignity and development. The visceral and kind hearted aversion to a natural process (failure) is ultimately exacerbating the problem.

The truth is that failure is too important to eradicate. In youth we gain essential experience and, shall we say, psychogical antibodies that immunize and strengthen our resistence to future failures. Failure is how we grow strong. Failure is how we overcome. Failure, ironically, is the key to success. Without failure we become weak, we do not have the inner resolve to persever, we do not have the psychological tools to get up after falling down. Speaking of falling down, every infant falls hundreds of times before they finally master walking. Failure is inherant growth.

Many things we learned in Kindergarten. Some of the most important things we learned before entering Kindergarten. Ironic how stupid we have become in this highly educated age.

Let's end this serious posting on a light hearted thought (visual):

Now go out there and exercise your right to fail because in America it is not prohibited (in a few states at least)!