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Planning for Failure is a Senseless Act

“Planning for failure is even dumber than regular planning.”
-Rick and Morty

Planning for failure is the most ridiculous thing you can do. The physical and mental action you are doing is creating a plan of possibilities where you never win. Think about it again, you are creating a plan for times that you think you will not win, and it should break your heart that you believe so little of yourself. Yes, life is hard. Yes, structures are real. Yes, failure is inevitable, but they are not finite. They are flexible and break once pushed.

Furthermore, enslaved Africans had hope while being dehumanized and living in the most horrendous environments. Yet they planned, plotted, gathered, and organized for liberation. Folks from the Holocaust were forced into the vilest of circumstances, yet they have tales of belief, hope, and survival. Our sisters and brothers who are facing deportation in the United States have hope. Our trans family has hope. They believed in their humanity. They believed in plotting a destiny where they could be expansive, and yet the structures are still here and in their typical vile form. So, what is the excuse? Why do you plan for failure when vulnerable populations in the epochs of history had hope and planned for victory?

When you believe you will win, you are succumbing to hope. When you believe you will fail, you are succumbing to despair. When you choose the lower path, you dishonor history. You reject the many times you’ve won in favor of the many times you failed. You reject the many times vulnerable populations had victory, in favor of the times they did not. What good is living in that state?

Barbara Kingsolver states, “The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” Are you admiring it from a distance or are you living in it?


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