The School of Life has just published a fascinating video on the history of failure. It’s really interesting, though I think gets lost a bit at the end when focusing just on capitalism today as the primary reason why failure is not considered “noble” any longer (and I speak as no big fan of capitalism).
Here is a short summary of it:
Greeks – failure good
Roman – failure bad
early Christianity and Buddhist- failure good
Napoleon and meritocracy – failure bad and deserved
19th and 20 century art — genius at first rejected and then become successful
Occupy Movement pushes that financial success for a few is failure for everyone else, and argues for new definition of success.
Failure is noble has disappeared today because of capitalism run amok