October 19, 2010

Fail or deferred success?

"Liz Beattie, a retired teacher, will call on the association's annual gathering in Buxton, Derbyshire, to "delete the word 'fail' from the educational vocabulary to be replaced with the concept of 'deferred success'". - BBC News 2005

Well, the education secretary Ruth Kelly had dismissed this suggestions. Nevertheless it was fun. Blogging community, including The Failblog itself, picked up the stuff and made a lot of farce of it. We all are good at it. However, joking apart, I'd like to make another piece of closely related information available to the public.

Among the number of various languages of our very diverse world there is one with less then a half of a million speakers today but used to be used as an inter-tribal communication language of commerce across the modern Siberia but centuries ago. The Sakha language excels as very polite, diplomatic and correct. The ancient wisdom and heritage of nomadic empires are still carefully kept in Sakha epics. So as an apt example, in this language there is no short word for "Fail", well... besides the negative "non-success". Instead there is a widely used phrase "Cha cam bouloh" - which literally means "There will be [another] time" or "the time will come", or simply "deferred success" as one may reckon. And in the context of the language it doesn't sound as distorted as (according to the reaction of the public) it does in English. Who knows, maybe this is how people should communicate with respect using the vocabulary polished by time.

One shouldn't be afraid to fail because the time will come. After all, every failure is a deferred success. Failures breed success. The fear of failure destroys success. What else? OK, enough. You got the point ;)

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