Essay about Rationalism of Failure

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Rationalization of Failure

Aesop's short story "The Fox and the Grapes" tells of a fox failing to find a way to reach some grapes hanging high up on a vine. The story deals with the rationalization of the failure to attain a desired end. Rather than accept a personal failure by acknowledging our shortcomings or by unemotionally evaluating the circumstances that surrounded the failure, we rationalize and come up with an immediate excuse. We need to convince ourselves and everybody else who witnessed our attempts that the outcome was all for the best. Just like the fox, we actually prepare our egos and our witnesses to view a future failure as if it were actually the result we intended. In "The Fox and the Grapes", when the fox
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The sour grapes defense requires both the speaker and the listener to be tricked into overlooking all the eagerness and persistence that had just been exhibited by the fox. We have all used the term sour grapes at one time or another. For example, I desire a promotion, but there are few chances that I will get it. In that case, I can imitate the fox and tell myself that the higher position is really too burdensome to be worth the additional pay. I can also refuse to believe the evidence and persist in an unjustified belief that promotion is just around the corner. This will, for a while, also bring my beliefs and desires in harmony with one another. Joyce Meyer said in her book that, "Our minds can play many tricks on us and in some cases the result is to give us some peace of mind in what would otherwise have been an uncomfortable situation" (Meyer 24). This quote relates to the fox's circumstances because by being able to rationalize and tell himself that the grapes weren't worth having anyway, he made his life easier. The fox, being the symbol of cleverness, does succeed in jumping at the chance to be the model for us to copy. When something happens that we find difficult to accept, we will make up a logical reason why it has happened. When confronted by failure, people tend to attribute the blame on other people or outside forces. In this story, denial is a rationalization of failure and not a satisfactory excuse.

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Aesop. "The Fox

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