This weeks reading concluded the book “The Ethics of Ambiguity” by Simone de Beauvoir. What really struck my interest this week was in the questions when Dr.Absher asked us to interpret a quote from Beauvoir. The quote was:
“Art and science do not establish themselves despite failure but through it; which does not prevent there being truths and errors, masterpieces and lemons, depending upon whther the discoever or the paining has or has not known how to win the adherence of human consciousnesses…” (Page 140).
The way that I interpreted this quote was that Beauvoir is saying that through studying or working with art and science, there will be times that you will fail within your work. These failures do not mean that your work is over, it can mean that you have gained more progress in coming to a conclusion in your work. Failures help you realize what does not work in a situation, and helps you come to a conclusion on what will be a more plausible solution.
When thinking about and interpreting this quote, I questioned if we could relate this quote and interpretation to our lives that we have lived and will continue to live day to day. In my personal opinion, I believe that we can relate this quote and interpretation to our own lives. Throughout our lives, we have had several failures and successes. It is almost like we learn our lessons through trial and error.
Throughout our lives, especially from childhood to adult years, we have to learn what the difference between right or wrong is. The only way to learn the difference is to complete the action and see what the consequence is. When you do something that is wrong, you take a lesson from the consequence and learn that you should not do that again. You can relate this to the failure in art and science because when you fail or “do something wrong” while studying or doing research, instead of taking it as a failure, you learn from mistakes, and apply that knowledge in either the same study with a different approach, or a different study. I can find myself relating this quote to school, and that it is something I feel that most college students can relate to. While in school, we have all been through a point where we have failed. Whether it was an experiment in the lab, a test, or just planning and time management, we have all had some form of failure. When we fail, we have a tendency to beat our selves up over it, and not be able to let the situation. What we need to realize is that failure does not symbolize the end of a road, or study, or class. Failure should drive us to work harder, and if one thing did not work then we need to go and find a new method. Failure should not be something that ruins someone, or means the end of a study or situation. Failure should lead us to new endings and help us learn and understand more.
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