I saw this term “existence failure” recently somewhere and liked the bland understated way it expresses the untimely end of an organism, organization, or individual. We’re seeing existence failure in the news every day. Longstanding organizations go belly up. Corporations thought solid and unshakable collapse overnight like a deck of cards in a sudden wind. Nations go bankrupt. Existence failure is a distinct possibility in our times. But then too, so is existence perpetuation and vitality. But for that prospect, even the most short …

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