Resounding Victory! (A Guest Post by Tekaramity)
As Tek mentioned in his previous post, the topic of our culture’s obsession with negativity could be a post in itself. Well, now it is, brought to you by the one and only Tekaramity! Another huge thanks to him for filling in for us this month with these spectacular posts. I think you’ll find this post very edifying – and hopefully when you’re done reading, you’ll be encouraged to become more edifying as well. On to the post!
“Epic fail” = over 18,000,000 Google results.
“Epic success” = a scant 226,000 Google results.
This largely superfluous comparison nevertheless invites an inquiry as to why we, as a collective whole, have devolved to a mindset that relishes trip-ups and gaffes. Indeed, “epic fail” itself has become a standard mimetic phrase amongst the online crowd, yet the Internet is far from the only establishment that has become addicted to seeking out others’ mistakes in the interest of amusement or self-security. I myself have worked alongside people who smirk at the slightest mistake and mutter “fail” with a rather disquieting level of glee and satiation. This is truly what fills, what satisfies? This is truly the pastime of a lonely nation? If so, and it certainly appears so, then why let it be? Why not replace it with something more worthwhile?
I’d like to turn the reader’s attention to a phrase that need not become mimetic but proves more beneficial, more productive, and absolutely more heartening: “Resounding victory!”
Various dictionary definitions of “resounding” include “unmistakably emphatic” and “impressively thorough or complete.” Something that is ought to effectively be sonorous enough to reverberate throughout the halls of perception and sapience. People should take notice; minds should gain inspiration; hearts should come alive toward encouraged inspiration. A resounding victory ought to be a truly meaningful and laudable achievement, accomplished in great brilliance and likely dispersible for contagious improvement. Smacking a 600-foot home run, creating a nifty image vector, or eating 400 mini marshmallows ought not constitute a resounding victory – a positive accomplishment and personal success, doubtlessly, but not something worth commemorating with a widespread parade of vapid worship. Resounding victories ought comprise truly memorable achievements or unfathomably brilliant triumphs. The idea here is to preserve the integrity of the phrase, not endlessly spout it at every tic and trifle. How, then, can one combat the caustic “epic fail” without establishing a similarly ubiquitous catchphrase?
I would advise the radiant heart to combat the miasma of “epic fail,” not by proliferating “resounding victory,” but rather by habitually celebrating victory in the first place – and, equally importantly, by ceasing to focus on the sorts of mishaps and stumblings that we ourselves will inevitably likewise endure. There’s no real point in passing along some poor fellow’s honest mistake, no matter how “epic” the aftermath may be. Nothing beneficial can spring from fixating on inadequacy or celebrating failure. On the other hand, there is a real point or two in passing along triumphs and accomplishments: those who might hope to replicate them could gain insight and hope, while those with a gift for encouragement could then lavish appropriate praise upon the successor, returning a yield of kindness and support that fosters a much healthier attitude of confidence and determination to further excel. We really ought to love each other as best we can, despite our imperfections; to that end, we can promote a wholesome atmosphere by celebrating triumph rather than failure. Drop the “epic fail,” restrain the “resounding victory” – and establish a mindset that is ripe for encouragement and praise, leaving those with whom we interact better suited for success.