We Learn from Our… the Museum of Failed Products

I’d love to insert some cute adage, expression, or famous quotation here, but I think the following excerpts from the article and the video (in the article) will say it all:

“… unlike in a real supermarket, there is only one of each item. And you won’t find many of them in a real supermarket anyway: they are failures, products withdrawn from sale after a few weeks or months, because almost nobody wanted to buy them.” The Museum of Failed Products – consumer capitalism’s very own graveyard.
Photograph: Kelly K Jones

Failure is everywhere. It's just that most of the time we'd rather 
avoid confronting that fact.
Behind all of the most popular modern approaches to happiness and
 success is the simple philosophy of focusing on things going right.
 But ever since the first philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome,
 a dissenting perspective has proposed the opposite: that it's our
 relentless effort to feel happy, or to achieve certain goals, that
 is precisely what makes us miserable and sabotages our plans. And
 that it is our constant quest to eliminate or to ignore the
 negative – insecurity, uncertainty, failure, sadness – that causes
 us to feel so insecure, anxious, uncertain or unhappy in the first
 place.

Relating to the video:

For the Stoics, the ideal state of mind was tranquility – not the 
excitable cheer that positive thinkers usually seem to mean when 
they use the word "happiness". And tranquility was to be achieved 
not by chasing after enjoyable experiences, but by cultivating a 
kind of calm indifference towards one's circumstances. One way to 
do this, the Stoics argued, was by turning towards negative 
emotions and experiences: not shunning them, but examining them 
closely instead.

Ok, I hope this has whet your appetite for more, mainly because I have no intent of copying the whole article here, but I will give you the link so you can read it for yourself.

Link: The title of the article is, “Happiness is a Glass Half Empty” from the Guardian newspaper in the U.K. – http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/jun/15/happiness-is-being-a-loser-burkeman

All the best to you, always!

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