“Give me a fruitful error anytime, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections.” –Vilfredo Pareto
It is only human to errr…er, well, no worries!
“Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.” –Francis Bacon
The only fatal error is choosing to believe we are only human, rather than also human.
“If you make an error, use it as a stepping stone to a new idea you might not have otherwise discovered.” –Roger von Oech
In our binary world of 1 or 0, on or off, yes or no, we have a choice: To be or not to be as long-playing as any of the gods of love and forgiveness or frolic and fortune—be they archetypes we create in our own image or those which create us in theirs.
“A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.” –Isaac Asimov
In that choice lies our freedom to weep with the mourners of immortal truth, or laugh with the gods at what fools these mortals be.
“If I err in belief that the souls of men are immortal, I gladly err, nor do I wish this error which gives me pleasure to be wrested from me while I live.” –Cicero
To opt for the grand fallacy, is to shrug off, in laughter, the mortal worries of a bundle of nerves in a bag of bones. In laughter, we shuffle off the mortal coil like a Whirling Dervish on a Persian rug whose magnificence hides its maker’s little oops.*
“A mistake is simply another way of doing things.” –Katharine Graham
Though we may be in error, we choose to make light of the only human drama, lest we miss the divine comedy in the everyday, never mind someday.
“Don’t take life too seriously. You will never get out alive.” –Elbert Hubbard
Somewhere on this planet today, someone may be locked up for laughing without cause. No worries! Here, we have cause to tickle the funny bone: It unlocks the treasure in the heart.
“If love is the treasure, laughter is the key.” –Yakov Smirnoff
We may be wrong, but never in doubt that there’s little point to landing on this planet if you don’t also roll around in heaven all day.
“If you are not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to go there.” –Martin Luther
If our most quixotic error is to humor ourselves for a heavenly cause, no worries!
“If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.” –John Kenneth Galbraith
*The little oops hidden in the fine rug signifies the artisan’s humility with respect to absolute perfection, which belongs to the great rug maker in paradise. ERRATUM: The little oops hidden in the title on the video player’s upper bar – an extra letter in the Italian word for perfect – reminds us that we are also human, if not Italian. No worries! The title shown in the movie is correct. And, in any case , we are absolved by an English Pope.
“To err is human, to forgive divine.” –Alexander Pope