Topic: Who are some historical people who have aimed "titanically high"?
June 16, 2019 / By Della Question:
I was assigned an assignment based on the essay "the sweet smell of success isn't all that sweet" by Laurence Shames.
It focuses on the idea that society measures success by wealth and "symbols of status". Shames claims that greats such as Beethoven all failed because they set their goals "titanically high" and fell short of what they said they were to achieve. They are "noble failures". "[Society] It has little room, little sympathy and less respect for the nobile failure, for the person who ventures past the limits, who aims gloriously high and falls unashamedly short."
I want examples of people who are as prestigious as they are. Who set high standards for themselves and did not achieve to the extent they wanted to. I am thinking more historically prominent people who have changed society with their goals. i.e MLK
Bunty | 9 days ago
Only ones I got off the top of my head are God, Adam, Cain, Moses, David, Solomon, Christ, Buddha, Muhammad, Marx, Geronimo, Tesla, Hitler and Kennedy. My apologies to those not immediately at the forefront of my mind at the moment.
Adolf Hitler.. he aimed titanically high, and (thankfully) it blew up in his face.
Abraham Lincoln aimed and succeeded. his efforts to end slavery while simultaneously reuniting a shattered nation were seen by many as impossible endeavors; indeed, it may be that they WERE impossible endeavors, and i genuinely think that no other politician in U.S. history could have succeeded in Lincoln's position.