Monumental Failure

18 Mar

Thinking about yesterday’s post, I realized that no society has every erected monuments to their failures like they do for their successes. No one wants to be reminded over and over again about the low points but I think the best way to avoid repeating the negative parts of one’s past is to be presented with constant, in-your-face reminders of your mistakes.

Take me for example. Two years ago I tried to build a remote-controlled lawnmower and during the acceptance test phase, I almost cut off my thumb. The huge scar on my hand serves as a reminder to check the battery leads *before* engaging CutterBot’s drive system. I’m never going to make that mistake again.

What I would like to see littered around Ottawa is a bunch of monuments to some of Canada’s more notable failures. We could have statues of a long gun, a helicopter, a sponsorship, a database, Afghanistan, an election, a second database, a roofless roofed-stadium, a fifth-generation fighter jet, a City of Montreal health inspector (meat packing division), and Bruce Firestone shaking hands with Alexi Yashin.

Isn’t it about time we put the “monument” back in “monumental failure”? I think it is.

Should say: All Non-Underwater Destinations

Should say: All Non-Underwater Destinations.


One Response to “Monumental Failure”

  1. Jesse March 18, 2013 at 03:44 #

    What about Daigle?

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