The asymmetry between the possibility space of success and the possibility space of failure means that if you want to experience certainty, aiming for failure is a better bet by far.
But there's a paradox in aiming for failure, as it's so underspecified. What do you *do* to fail on purpose?
Maybe you could attempt something impossible, by doublethinking yourself into seeing if it *might* be possible. Then you could satisfy whiny goal-directed mental modules without risk of unexpected success.
@Bert reminds me of a Douglas Adams bit: “the secret to flying is to throw yourself at the ground and miss.“
@Bert I think the complicating factor is that you can’t fail if you don’t try. (Unlike management mottos, I don’t consider opting out a real fail.)
@Bert it’s also hard to truly fail when you can pivot at last moment. Or say you successfully learned a lesson.
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