Higgins School presents ‘Embracing Failure,’ the New Commons Dialogue Symposium for Spring 2014
Posted by Jennifer McGugan | Posted on Jan 21, 2014
Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises?
— Henry David Thoreau, Walden
More than 150 years later, Thoreau is still right: We pursue success and hope to achieve it quickly. We race to the top, never asking which way is up. This semester, rather than rushing toward success, the Higgins School will embrace failure — grabbing it with both hands to explore its boundaries and possibilities. No skipping to “try, try, again.” We will not just “get back on the horse.” What’s the hurry? For those like us, committed to learning and doing new things, failure is a near constant companion anyway. It follows behind risk, ambition, and curiosity. Let’s slow down and accept its company.
No doubt there is much to be learned by doing so: What does it mean to fail in school, the marketplace, life? Who sets the criteria for evaluation? When is failure an opportunity, when is it a constraint, and how can we tell the difference? And what of the failures that one cannot overcome through hard work and determination; what do they teach about fairness, humility, and grace?
Join us as we explore failure — its fullness, malleability, beauty, power, and consequences — through the New Commons Dialogue Symposium for Spring 2014. Click here for a complete list of our upcoming events.
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