Sunday, March 08, 2009
Reflections on Failure
My beloved partner and I have listened to amazing music perched on rocks in forest amphitheatres, in planetariums, in old Irish country pubs and in the old city of Brandenburg. We had stood in the ruins of the Frauenkirche and old megalithic monuments. We have hiked the Ironbound ranges, stood on the summits of Snowden and Kosciusko. We have bicycled the Mekelenberg Seeplate and the backblocks on Victoria. Through volunteer work with environmental groups we have helped in some way to leave the world a better place for our children. We have three wonderful children who may just be persuaded not to build giant killer robots. Through my research I have added a little to the sum of human knowledge, I have seen my students take their first steps into the wide world and begin to make careers which will make a difference to human health. I have helped push back the tides of ignorance a tiny bit, and I have helped people appreciate the wonderful skies above us.
But, according to Jacques Segula, advertising guru and confidant of French President Nicholas Sarkozy, anyone who is over 50 and doesn't have a Rolex watch has "failed his life". Well, I'm past 50, and I don't have a Rolex.
If this is failure, I'm proud to be a failure.
Kind regards, CometAl
The French have responded to the Ad Man by opening up a website "Fail My Life", which satirises the idea of ROLEX as lifestyle indicator.
Maybe we need a new award to recognise people who volunteer as fire-fighters, coach kids sport, visit the elderly etc., but who don't have ROLEX's?
Links to this post: