Illusory Immunity

We live in a very superficial world. To cope, we design, construct, and reinforce artificial barriers to protect us from the dis-ease of making mistakes. By choosing not to fully experience and learn from our mistakes, we fail to build an immunity that is an integral part of our humanity. This immunity strengthens our resolve and enhances our understanding of self and others. We cannot be immune to failure; rather, our immunity allows us the space we need to be authentic and vulnerable with each other. Such immunity builds up by consistently challenging ourselves to take risks (intellectual, aesthetic, etc.) and by letting others know it is safe for them to do the same.

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