us begin with some unsettling facts:
not trying to be macabre here; I’m simply trying to frame things in
a certain context before we proceed.
Failure is temporary. If it manages to truly set us
back or keep us from our goals that’s only because something or
someone—God? The lifeforce? The Universe?—has set in motion
something even better for us
than we had imagined. Death, if it enters our minds at all, is some
distant threat that won’t come knocking until after a long life of
success and a solid legacy that will ensure our life’s impact is
felt for generations to come.
Conservative thinkers have had a lot to say about loss
and failure. And their words can be a great comfort when our
shallow world of "winning" falls apart.