Essay: THE DIFFICULT ART OF LOSING

FOR every exultant winner in the 1968 elections, there is now at least one loser who feels the special bitterness of public rejection. He may reason that defeat is a universal experience, that life itself is a losing proposition. He may even act out the obligatory role of "good loser." But how does one become a good loser? Is there such a thing as an art of losing well?

There must be. Most of mankind's religions and philosophies are aimed at steeling humans for the ultimate loss,...