Limitations of notions

Artist: Fernando Sanchez

What moves, may also rise

Richard Pevear, Foreword to Notes From Underground

Through a fear of failing, we limit our reach as we feel that this will allow us to keep our balance, maintain our clean record, keep the fantasy of ourselves intact. Instead we prefer to stew in what we know, deriding those who bumble on, but who bumble forward nonetheless, as fools or failures. This is the enemy of progress because it restricts movement away from an imagined ideal of excellence, in turn creating an unwillingness to engage in new activities or to push yourself into difficult situations that may challenge fixed notions.

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