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From Morning Story & Dilbert: 50 Questions #1

  1. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

Many humans have a cruel streak. For some it may be a product of their environment; they were treated cruelly and have minimal understanding that there is more to life than misery. For others, it may be more of a learned survival response--a twisted "survival of the fittest." Having experienced the laughter or taunting of such cruel creatures, we prefer not to show a weakness while in their line of sight.

If you are unsure of this, consider the last time you messed up on something. Think of an error you made as a child perhaps; imagine that day when you were very young and got laughed at for whatever it was. Consider a mistake on a project for an overly-exacting boss; remember how you might have been berated for it.

What was the result?

Did you feel comforted by the reaction to your mistake or did you think, even for the tiniest fraction of a second, that the reaction was over-the-top a bit? That the response might have even been a bit cruel?

Such remembrances, while labeled "mistake learnt" are actually sharp reminders of why we don't want to repeat the experience.

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