Frankenstein. The epitome of regretting
your creative choices. Always considered a work highlighting the
dangers of playing God, the book actually has another message: think
clearly about your decisions because you may become synonymous with
You shouldn't have to look back on your work with regret. Everything you do, in a perfect world, should make you feel proud and want to stand up shouting "I DID THIS" not try and find the darkest corner of a room and hope no one notices.
That's not to say the fame and fortune you receive from
your creation doesn't make the work worth it, just that you may grow
to hate and revile the monster you've created, especially when it
chucks little girls into lakes.
This regret isn't limited to fiction,
there are a plethora of examples of people who looked on their work
and wished for an undo option...
10. Alfred Nobel - Dynamite
Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. The man
for whom the peace prize is named after invented dynamite. Not only
that, the original name for his super peace loving invention was
'Alfred Nobel's Safety Powder'; one of the greatest misnomers since
the Reliant Robin.
Wanting to devise a safer explosive, another
brilliant misnomer, Nobel created dynamite as a less volatile
substitute to nitroglycerin, and if you've ever played Crash
Bandicoot you know how volatile that stuff is.
A life long pacifist,
Nobel believed that that the creation of dynamite would sicken the
world into never starting another war again, stating: “My dynamite
will sooner lead to peace than a thousand world conventions. As soon
as men will find that in one instant, whole armies can be utterly
destroyed, they surely will abide by golden peace.” And as we know
from our two centuries of unbroken peace his plan worked out.
Nobel only had a change of perspective when, after his brother Ludvig
died in 1888, Alfred's obituary was accidentally published instead:
in the face of being referred to by a French newspaper as 'the
merchant of death', he became concerned for his legacy. And indeed
Alfred Nobel managed to change how he was remembered, setting aside
the vast majority of his wealth to be distributed as prizes for
physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and the establishment or
furtherment of peace – though he did not think the Nobel Peace
Prize would accomplish any tangible peace. He was really betting on