Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The Right to Fail
Supposedly we have another snow storm and frigid night time temperature heading towards the Small-Hold this afternoon. I been hauling firewood from the reserve pile to the burning racks by wheel barrow on and off all day because my truck is still in the shop, and hasn't even been moved yet BTW which is starting to piss me off a bit, and my Mother's truck is hooked up to the stock trailer and all set for yearling loading tomorrow morning.
I could unhook my Mom's truck I guess but I just decided the exercise would do me some good. By the looks of the radar image the snow should start hitting us about 3PM or so but they keep playing it down now so I am really not expecting much. They are also saying 60's for highs by the weekend.
Since I have already started cutting for next year's supply I decided to go ahead and begin using up my reserve stack of firewood. Mostly because like an idiot I put one of my bean trellis behind the stack and blocked it in. Don't ask me why I just wasn't thinking about it when I started refilling my reserve area this Summer.
Recently I was in a discussion with a couple of online commenters about underlying social issues and moral decay within the Western world and the US in particular. As usual many were blaming the lack of faith in Christianity or Feminism or Liberalism or the Multi-Cult/White guilt. The usual gambit. Yet one comment struck me and lead me in a different direction even though I don't think the person who made the comment meant for it to.
The problem isn't all these failed ideologies, either together or individually, the problem is we no longer allow them to fail.
The more I thought about it the more sense it made. Our government doesn't allow any of the traditional failures to actually fail any more. In fact it goes so far as to take from one ideology that doesn't fail to prop up the ones that should fail.
Certainly I am not telling anyone something they did not know but sometimes it is hard to see the forest for the trees. We allow individuals to accept promises that cannot be realistically kept because we back those promises. We subsidize those who hate us and feed those who would be marginalized due to their beliefs. From top to bottom we do not allow anyone to actually fail and in turn that means that no one, no idea, no opinion etc. is ever actually proven to be wrong.
No matter how stupid the experiment, no matter how single minded or how much the consequences cost nothing is ever allowed to truly fail and therefore no one learns and nothing rises as the dominant opinion. The right to fail is as important to human development as the right to succeed.
This very flaw trickles down into all aspects of our lives and affects either side of the political spectrum as well. It allows hypocrisy to run rampant and weakens ties between groups.
The more I think about it the deeper the rabbit hole goes. Perhaps that is one appealing aspect of a post collapse world. The right to fail will once again be a part of our lives.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!