Museum of Failure

By Curtis Rittenour
Posted March 12, 2018

The latest tourist attraction in Hollywood doesn't celebrate the successful stars of the silver screen—or even the television screen. In fact, it doesn't celebrate success at all.

The Museum of Failure opened its doors on March 8, 2018, following an earlier "limited engagement" in downtown Los Angeles. The museum is designed to display "tales of let-downs and megaflops" such as "Coca-Cola BlaK or the over-hyped 1957 Ford Edsel, along with artifacts spanning from the seventeenth century right up to the present day, including the frozen beef lasagna by toothpaste maker Colgate."

Psychologist Samuel West, a professor at Lund University in Sweden, organized the exhibition. "In Hollywood, there is a fine line between failure and success," he said. "The epicenter of entertainment and stardom does not come without its hardships and setbacks—here, failure has produced some of our beloved celebrities."

Some failures—such as the Northern Ireland-built DeLorean car—later found success thanks to, well, Hollywood itself. A DeLorean was featured in the "Back to the Future" series of films, rekindling interest in what was, in fact, a commercial flop.

According to a BBC news report, West is philosophical about failure. "Failure is always contextual, both in time and in place," West said. A plaque at the museum's entrance mimics the thought: "Everyone fails… it's part of life."

You don't need to hop on a plane or take a drive into southern California to find a "Museum of Failure," of course. Most of us can recall our own failures without the help of an exhibition. Some of us see them every morning in the mirror; the rest of us find reminders in our lowest moments or perhaps our darkest nights. If our blunders were put on display for all the world to see, we'd shrink back in horror.

All of our failures, it could be argued, can be traced back to the first failure in human history—the failure of the first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve, to heed God's command to not eat the fruit of that one tree in the Garden. Because of the sin that entered our world, we all fail God's high standards.

But fortunately, that universal failure is not the end of the story. God could have washed His hands of us all, but He loved the humans He created so much that He made a way for each of us to come back from failure.

It was not without cost, in fact, it was not without the ultimate cost—God's son, Jesus, coming to Earth, living a sinless life, and being crucified as an atonement for the sins, the failures, of everyone else. And because Jesus rose from the dead and lives today, we can escape failure—if we only believe in Him and keep His commandments.

Click here to read The High Cost of the Cross, a booklet that will help you discover exactly what it took for Jesus to atone for our sins-our failure to honor and obey God's laws—and what we gain by committing our hearts and lives to Him. It's an exciting story that's worthy of a museum of its own!


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