All day, I kept encountering situations over and over where people were approaching complex scenarios and either looking for or expecting to find simple solutions. Looking to past failures as a way to try to predict future actions does not always make the best strategy. If a course of action was tried, but not committed to, or was undermined and not given a legitimate chance to succeed, then it doesn't count as a true effort, and can not be discounted when trying to come up with new solutions. Complicated problems require thought, negotiation, compromise, vision, and the courage to try and fail and try again. If we continue to approach certain problems from the same angle, constantly trying the same solutions, never willing to consider another point of view, valuing self-interest over what is universally more acceptable. Then we are doomed to fail. Again, and again, we will fail.