The word "failure" in modern language is defined to mean a permanent state of disappointment with the past and what was and was not accomplished according to a timetable created by someone's uninitiated ego. By uninitiated I mean believing in "death" so that there is assumed to be no time to accomplish objectives within the context of an individual lifetime as each person is assumed to have one and is assumed to be under the demands of the accomplishment of success whereby the person must achieve "perfect results". These "perfect results" are designed similarly from the position of authority assumed by someone else who exists in a hierarchy looking down on them, presumably, to give them a measure and standard upon which they must perform. While practically, this measure is necessary and proper, the ideology of "failure" pressures people into acts of desperation because of a lack of long term critical thinking with regards to the true nature of existence and the true measure of success.
The word "failure" may simple be described internally as the experience of disappointment. Disappointment is necessary in order for false beliefs of perfection to be rejected and replaced with a perfection that is based upon higher values. These higher values of perfection are the ones that are created when we achieve a success, realize a higher ambition, and disappoint a plan to create a better plan that is closer to the truth than the one before it. While no plan is absolutely perfect, and no state of being can be considered truly perfect throughout all time and space, these definitions of perfection are necessary to experience a satisfaction with the results that were created to the best of your ability at the time you realized what it was you set out to achieve.
The state of constantly questioning our prior achievements as being unworthy of our nature is only correct if we assume that our nature is unchanging. Yet, our nature as beings is in a constant state of evolution through which we grow, learn, and discard previous ideologies, beliefs, and behaviors that we recognize as being imperfect. While, at the time when we were acting out these incorrect modes of existence through our unconscious state of belief, these elements of imperfect knowing served their own purposes. Thus while we should question our experiences to learn, we should not bash ourselves to force ourselves to reject our learning experience because of a false ideology based upon an unreasonable timetable based on imperfect information.
When we learn something about ourselves that causes us to discard a preexisting destructive behavior or idea we prove that negative does not exist except in the moment of feeling it fully for the first and last time. What we feel, in those moments of negativity, is the full realization of the error. Those moments are necessary to change our outlook. It is then possible to state that the negative never was, and was not, because it's product, a better outlook, was created. Yet, at the same time, the state of experiencing the negative was necessary in order to see the better outlook. Negativity is only the lesson backwards in consciousness. Thus, it is only experienced "right side up" after we know what it truly was and how it was that we fixed something in the process. This is what we call learning.
The entire edifice of negativity is build upon the grounds of knowledge. Every single negative event in every single person's life is simply knowledge unexamined. Within the dark is contained the answer for the existence of the dark, the history of why it is, the knowledge what it is, and the answer as to why it was experienced. This redemptive quality is made possible by you, the observer, experiencer, and knower of your life. You are the witness and you make the choices.
In this, perfection and imperfection are all about perspective. Knowing that everything has a purpose and a reason allows us to look fearlessly into the heart of fear and know that what lies there is the answer to the deepest questions of our own lives. We may look deeply into the heart of our own worst mistakes and find an answer to how it is we made them, why it is they happened, and how it is that we can change them. Then, we may say, they never happened, as we became the difference to what was, is, and most importantly of all, what will be.
How we represent failure and perfection to ourselves is based, at first, on what we learn from our family and society. These standards are created and projected through the collective on waves of thought. As these waves spread through our own consciousness, we become aware of the fact that we do not necessary act in our best interest because we have not been taught to act in our own best interest. While this may, at first, appear to serve the agenda of the few, it is in fact, not serving anyone's agenda ultimately. That is because of the law of karma. It is impossible to create a destructive system of oppression without becoming caught up in the karma of that system. It is impossible to destroy the rights of a majority without losing your own rights. Thus, it is illogical and irrational to practice oppression because it costs you, the oppressor, money and time in the long run.
Systems of failure and perfection based on false ideologies cost everyone something. The price is paid daily. Yet none of this could be avoided. It can only be changed at the moment of inception, when a new ideology of success and perfect mindedness replaces the ideology of force and deception that the current system represents. How can the old system be replaced? It can only be replaced when people know it. The system itself is, in fact, a body of knowledge. It is like a book that you read. We know much of the history of oppression. The history of belief is also very well recorded. The past life connections are not recorded, as they are below our current level of perception as a collective. Yet each piece of knowledge that is revealed changes elements of the collective slowly.
Imagine being able to change something just by knowing it. While this may seem complex and utterly ridiculous, knowing what something is changes the nature of the relationship between you and it. Where before you may have experienced the illusion of dark specters ruining your day, knowing the nature of the experience you have had and are having changing the way in which the experience operates instantly. The power of knowledge is truly beyond words.
So while we are unaware of how we represent failure and perfection to ourselves up until the moment we choose to examine the origin of those beliefs in consciousness (in this life or beyond), then we are prisoners to our unconscious representations. As long as we do not examine them, they are the programs which run our lives, for better or worse, until we understand their origins, their nature, and why it is we cling to them so stubbornly. Don't like the results? Change the program. Make a new choice once you understand what choices you have been programmed to take automatically by your "education". It is that simple.
At the end of the day, we all must face our own demons. They are all made of knowledge. Every last one. It is that knowledge that frightens us. It is our ability to know that makes us cringe. We have all been trained to pretend that we don't know. But the fact is, deep down, you know what it is that you are experiencing. You know why you are experiencing it. You know how you created it. The answers are everywhere, because the signs are everywhere. All you have to do is listen to your heart and read the signs.