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Conto da Tamara: “To Err is Human” (Errar é Humano)

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Ah, o erro. polêmico e necessário, o erro faz parte do nosso dia a dia. Como disse o poeta Alexander Pope (1688-1744) em “An Essay on Criticism”, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” (Errar é humano; perdoar, divino.)

Leia, ouça, e reflita sobre a sua relação com esse colega tão presente em nossa existência humana.
 
Enjoy!
 
 
To Err is Human

No one likes to be wrong; no one likes to make mistakes. We continuously struggle to be right, and to do the right thing, whatever our conception of “right” is. That is not always the end result. Ocasionally, we all have had to admit to ourselves or to others that yes, we made a mistake, or yes, we were wrong. Some people manage to forget about their mistakes fairly quickly, while others may dwell on them a bit (or a lot) longer, trying to figure out their whys and hows. Apologizing, in its most honest form, is quite ennobling.

It is a cliché, but it is still true that we learn from our mistakes. They help us grow, and push us forward in our neverending quest for personal betterment. So, if our mistakes help us become better human beings, why fight making them with such passion, or even deny we made them? Pride and guilt.

To err is human, but so is wanting to be right. Ask anyone; it is a hard task to admit we are wrong. No one likes to feel guilty, and we have our pride afterall! We want to feel smart, to feel we know what we are saying or doing (even when we don’t have a clue!), we want to feel loved.

As kids, we were criticized for doing this or that wrong. We learn the weight of feeling guilty for something, and we end up associating being right with being loved. If I help Mom, she kisses me, but if I paint the walls with my finger paint, I get punished. We bring that idea from childhood and end up giving no credit at all to our mistakes as adults.

We don’t have to go around trying to do things wrong, of course, but it would be nice if we stopped looking at our mistakes as enemies, and started to see them as old friends that come around every once in a while to help us be and do things better.

In learning a language, for example, embracing our mistakes is essential. Instead of beating ourselves up for not getting an A on that essay, or not getting all those annoying prepositions right, we should be glad we can see where our weaknesses are, and simply learn and move forward. Mistakes should always push us forward, not hold us back.

So, next time you are wrong, or do something really stupid, stop for a second, breathe, accept it, learn from it, and keep going. Let’s celebrate life! Remember that life is made of continuous learning. To err is, indeed, very human. The only human beings who do not make mistakes are not among the living anymore.
 
 
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To Err is Human – parte 1

To Err is Human – parte 2

To Err is Human – parte 3

To Err is Human – parte 4

To Err is Human – parte 5
 
 
VOCABULÁRIO

cometer erros – make mistakes
esforçar-se – struggle
resultado final – end result
pedir desculpas – apologizing
orgulho e culpa – pride and guilt
querer estar certo – wanting to be right
peso – weight
tirar um A – getting an A
ir em frente – move forward
entre os vivos – among the living

 

 

 

Tamara Santana
Escrito por Tamara Santana

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