Well, you kinda said he puts everyone below him. His response was Everyone puts themselves below me. That can be interpreted as saying that he doesn't put others below him, others put themselves below him.
I'd say it's a bad choice of words.
I wouldn't say failure, more along the lines of success with unforeseen consequences. We were made to be smart, and in that way we succeeded. But without the right morals and ethics, we misused our intelligence and knifed the Earth in every way we could.