It’s ironic how depressing higher standards can be, as one finds oneself fulfilled less easily.
And how unfortunate it is that a stagnation of standards is really a sinking of standards. Here, the downward spiral commences.
It is true that the higher one goes, the greater the risk of falling. Of being disappointed and left to pick up the pieces alone. However, the fear lies not in the fall itself, but in the loneliness of such a fall. There are others waiting to ascend, as well. Take each others’ hands and raise the bar together. The impact of the fall will be less painful, should it ever happen at all.