Not so much that we're all just waiting for someone to fail. More like, when there is failure and destruction, we tend to revel in it, to a greater or lesser degree.
I don't find this idea depressing at all. I see it as more of a natural part of a cycle. For there to be creation, there must sometimes be destruction.
Did you ever see the TV show Fraggle Rock? Basically it was about these weird looking Muppets that live underground. Anyway, there were also these tiny guys called Doozers, that looked like little teeny construction workers, and spent all their time builting intricate crystalline structres out of little rods of clear sugar. The Fraggles would casually eat these whenever the urge struck them, of course destroying big pieces of the Doozers' work.
So in one episode, one of the Fraggles decides all this destruction is wrong, and convinces the others not to break the Doozers buildings anymore. After a short time of this, the caverns are virtually choked with Doozer buildings, and the Doozers themselves, with no more room to build, simply pack up and leave. The Fraggles realize their mistake, and gleefully trash all the Doozer buildings, the Doozers come back, and everyone's happy.
The moral being, of course, the oldest moral there is. To have the new, you must clear away the old. To know success, you must know failure. To see a zero, you need a 1 to compare it with. It's the cornerstone of the binary worldview that's drilled into most Westerners from their first breath.
That's not so depressing is it?
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