The saying goes, “I would have rather have tried and failed than to have never tried at all.” Is this true? Doesn’t some failure have far too lasting and unwanted consequences? Still, we would learn or experience very little if we stuck to doing what’s already comfortable to us. And, trying new things we might fail at for awhile can be enriching and exciting.
So, when is it useful to fail? What level of failure do you find acceptable? What are your limits?
Related questions: How do you define success? Do we learn more from our successes or failures? Is it okay to be wrong sometimes?
The older you get and the more experiences you have, the easier it is to become jaded. However, a sense of wonder at the marvels of the world help to motivate us, and drive us to learn and appreciate life more.
So how to resist that creeping sense of boredom or frustration? How can we maintain wonder?
Related questions: What are the pros and cons of experience? What can be learned from children? How do we learn?
Live sporting events have a certain thrill that comes from not knowing what is going to happen. Each year, the Super Bowl has a huge TV audience during the live broadcast, but outside of fans of the winning team, there is much less desire for recordings of past Super Bowls.
Why should that be? Where does that thrill come from? Why is it better to watch a sporting event live rather than recorded?
Related questions: What is time? Why are we fascinated with the unknown? Why do we like what we like? Why do people like games?
Once you make up your mind on a particular topic, it can be very difficult to accept new ideas or to consider alternate opinions. Ideally, we would be open to new interpretations or different ways of looking at things, but it doesn’t always happen.
How can we be more open to alternate points of view? What is necessary to change your mind?
Related questions: How can you achieve compromise? How is a decision made? How can we encourage debate?
If I have an idea, you can argue that it exists in the biochemical stew that is my brain. If I share that idea, whether it be through speech, through writing, or through smoke signals, it now has an existence that is outside a person or persons.
Where? Where do shared ideas exist?
Related questions: Where do ideas come from? What is an idea? What does it mean to share something?