Originally Posted by xort
There are failures in every aspect of life. If you fail at living in a house, where do you go? If you are a failure at making a boat work, you can bail out and move ashore to another, more traditional place, to fail.
I would not be so quick to engage in this sort of sweeping generalization. Sure, there are those who think moving aboard will solve their problems. And agreed, such prospects is unlikely. After all, no matter where you go, there you are. Otoh, imho, there are those who are attracted to the life, for whatever reason, and get aboard, and realize it's not what they expected, so they move back to land. I do not see the latter as failures.