Have you ever wondered why people buy so much medicines? Or why there are always more problems than solutions in every piece of software? The reason to that and many other glitches in our world is the built-in failure.
Think about it. What is the function of medicine manufacturers? To make and sell as much medicines as possible. If their medicines cured customers permanently, they would soon be out of business. They need to make people sick keeping them barely alive to be able to maximise their profits. Therefore it could be customers’ best interest to avoid using medicines. Which other built-in failures do you recognize?
When troubles are good for business
Software companies help their customers by providing solutions to problems. Their business depends on the problems and it thrives on problems—less problems is a problem. So creating solutions that actually increase problems is better for business than solving any of the existing problems. More problems mean more sales and profit. For a customer, the best solution is not to buy any solution at all.
In the society, the police is a good example of a built-in failure. The police is supposed to make a country safer for its citizens and deal with criminals: to protect and serve. What would happen if the police actually took care of them? They would not be needed any more. So, its in their best interest to keep crime levels high for justifying their existence and spread insecurity.
On the personal level, built-in failure happens when you try to do something, or you say, for example, I will try to do my best. To be able to keep trying, you need to fail because if you succeed, you cannot keep trying any more.