September 5, 2016
Costica Bradatan, a philosophy professor at Texas Tech University who's working on a book about failure, says he finds the portrayal of failing as a step or even key to success to be "suspect." This narrative, he says, conceals a fear of failure and refusal to deal with it.
"We have to admit, failure can be an ugly, brutal, profoundly unsettling thing," he tells Quartz. "Facing it requires a certain amount of courage and honesty with oneself. When we experience failure, it makes us question our sense of who we are, our place in the world, everything. Before our failure leads us somewhere else, we have to face it in its own terms, in all its ugliness and devastation, and that's a serious business."