The Art of Failureby Brendon Bosworth / 11.04.2009
It’s an affliction of our times to celebrate achievement. But the truth is that most people are losers. So when people receive first class passes, dux ludoroms, Oscars, Pulitzers, Nobel Prizes. They wallow in standing ovations and make boring acceptance speeches. They appear on the cover of Time Magazine, have streets named after them, books written about them, action figures made in their likeness.
But the majority bungs it everyday. Around the world, exams, driver’s tests, drug tests, medical tests, roadworthy tests, are plugged on a regular basis. People fail at relationships, marriages; people suck at parenting, are crap at their jobs. We fail to stick to agreements, diets and gym routines; fail to make bond repayments even. Failure is ubiquitous and largely uncelebrated.
Now let’s be honest, it’s a hell of a lot funnier watching people screw up than succeed. It’s the base nature in us. We feed the bad wolf and show zeal for bad causes. That’s why hours, sometimes days, can easily be whiled away at failblog.org. This archive of non-achievement chronicles classic fails from all corners of the globe. Photos are sent in by users with a keen eye for shortfalls, blunders and miscarriages. There are some definite gems in the catalogue.
If you’re lucky, you’ll come away feeling better about yourself, knowing you’re not as stupid as some of the others out there. But chances are you’ll just waste the rest of your afternoon guffawing at the misfortune of others.