Discuss the meaning of the following Mario Andretti quote: "If everything is under control, you are going too slow."
Andretti obviously prefers a sense of increased danger and excitement, and many people desire these aspects in their life. Too much control stifles creative energy in some people, and Andretti obviously prefers to sample life on the edge.
Basically what it means is that life IS a race- a consistent one at that. Nobody is under control when you are in a consistent race against the many changes that can- and will- come your way. Those who live a life of complaisance, take no risks, make no goals, and just go on living without any challenges are just letting life pass by and their oxygen just waste away. If all we get is one shot at life, we might as well make something worthy out of it.
To me, this quote means that if you never make failure a possibility, you will never achieve anything.
I think this quote can be taken to mean that most people go through life in a "comfort zone." We try to make sure that everything is under control. But when we do this we make it much less likely that we will ever accomplish anything major. We are going too slowly because we are not challenging ourselves to become more than we are.
Given Andretti's penchant for speed on the racetrack, the quote is an interesting one. The quote suggests that the fast paced nature of life and being in the world involves some elements that exist outside of one's control. If one micromanages everything, some of the basic nature of life and being in the world is absent. There is some level of uncertainty, some lack of control that encompasses the individual. It is here where Andretti's quote suggests a type of negative capability. This condition suggests that some level of the unknown is acceptable and some aspects that lie beyond individual control is a part of consciousness. If one desires the thrill of speed and the ability to be a part of the fast paced world, there will always be some dimensions or some aspect outside of individual control. Human beings are not meant to appropriate everything. Rather than try to fight or overcome this condition, Andretti's quote seeks to allow individuals to understand this as a part of reality, an integral component of individual consciousness.