Why Mistakes Feel Dangerous

  • Our vulnerability. We have limited and fragile support systems. When those systems fail, people often lose their lives.
  • Real dangers. Making mistakes can put us at the mercy of nature and its animal residents seeking a meal.
  • Ignorance. Many cultures scapegoat someone whenever there is a failure of some kind. 
  • Order. Many societies punish those who do not conform to the prevailing orthodoxy and treat differences and non-conformity as a mistake.

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