Question of the Week #281

Have your character and humanity been forged more by pleasure and success or by pain and disappointment? If you could somehow protect your loved ones from pain and failure, do you think they might ultimately end up diminished by your efforts?

“The greatest teacher, failure is.” – Yoda, Star Wars – Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

I honestly can’t say whether my character has been forged more by pleasure or pain. I don’t keep a win/loss record of every life event and decide that these are the things that have shaped the person I’ve become. They all play a part.

No, I would not want to protect anyone from failure, for the very reason stated by Yoda in a controversial Star Wars film. Part of what causes us to grow is our ability to learn from our mistakes. Edison didn’t succeed in creating the light bulb the first time he tried. Does that mean he should’ve given up? He learned from his mistakes and we have the ability to read after the sun goes down.

But what about you? Do you think your successes or failures have shaped your character more? Would you want to prevent your loved ones from experiencing failure? Let me know what you think down in the comments!

*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.

One thought on “Question of the Week #281

  1. I definitely believe successes and failures shape character. But more by long-term life events verses say winning a race or a game
    Failure in my marriage has helped me reassess my relationships and future, for example.

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