My asymptotic life can't be a failure if no goals are properly defined. Desire can always be justified and more often than not is held unaccountable. Such as Mitchell writes, "The nation-state is merely human nature inflated to monstrous proportions." And why not? Isn't this one supposedly for the people, of the people and by the people? Is it so unreasonable to fight tooth and nail rather than examine what gains are to be had from having everything we want?