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To err is human

11 April 2014, 07:59
Oscar Pretorius' trial, road rage, 'firing' from employment, repossession, domestic abuse, xenophobic violence, death penalties ... don't pass go, don't collect R200.

Reading this story (http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/The-Oscar-Pistorius-Trial-a-violent-answer-to-the-problem-of-violence-20140410) got me thinking that what the author is talking about is only one small facet of the undertone to 'the human stain': we're suffering a mass psychosis from walking the constant knife-edge between survival (never mind prosperity) and doom.

No wonder people shroud themselves in increasingly mindless or extravagant pastimes: has there ever been a time before in the world where as much is constantly at risk - where 'security' is a pipe-dream sold by insurers?

It doesn't matter how many bases you cover: tomorrow you're as likely to get into a car accident as you are to get fired as you are to lose your partner as you are to have your house repossessed.

Let's just reflect on how awful it is to:- be permanently crippled because in a weak moment you answered an sms while driving;- get divorced even though your partner actually does love you, but you had a mutual misunderstanding;- be fired even though you weren't intentionally failing at some key job performance metric;- be sentenced to a death penalty for a crime you were never actually guilty of;- have your credit record ruined because you couldn't repay a debt following an unforeseen expense.

It's not fair. No. Why me? WHY US?

That's the price of walking on a knife-edge long-term: you cannot keep betting on red at the casino and win forever. As long as we live in a binary society - either you get it right, or you face the consequences - we're going to keep losing as much as we win. Because each loss sets us back psychologically, the scales will slowly tip away from us.


We're under too much pressure: from our bosses, our jealousies, our budgets, faceless criminals and intimate abusers.

Instead of fearing failure, I think we rather need to collectively re-focus on strategies (both personal and corporate) for recovering gracefully from failure. We *will* fail and other people *will* fail us, and the sooner we come to terms with that the sooner we can recover from the aforementioned mass psychosis.

Stop acting so indignant when something doesn't happen the way you expected it to: when your soup has a hair in it, when that traffic light is out, when that idiot cuts you off.

When did 'forgiveness' become over-rated? We're so quick to criticise people in order to feel slightly less rubbish by comparison that we've become what we despise. 

"To err is human; to forgive, divine." - Alexander Pope

The trade-off from consistently be forgiving other people - not necessarily for the same failures, but for alternating failures - is to hopefully receive some leniency and a reprieve from our own stress and crushing fear. And if I don't receive forgiveness, that's ok too - at least I can take ownership of saying, 'The buck stops here.'

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