reply to post by TechHead
One's personal experiences do not mean you are smarter or more intelligent. To say you are, or imply your are, only serves to show how really stupid
you actually are! High degrees and scholastic achievement are not the same thing as life experiences...that then give one perspective on it.
None of my scholastic knowledge accumulation ever served me, when it come down to understanding what it was I actually living at the moment. It took
many moments, all lived individually, then perceived and thought about by my mind...to understand what it was that I really didn't know. And I know
this, I have much to learn...so I keep an open mind. However, In nearly 65 years of life, and of all the places on earth where I have been, and people
I have had the pleasure to meet and talk with, I never knew there was so much I didn't know, and would ultimately never know. There is just too much.
No one could ever learn it all. Not even in several lifetimes.
I well remember thinking to myself...Well, that was something they hadn't taught in the classroom, or had a discussion on! Where was that in the
How come no one ever me told about this one?
So again, it is hard to comprehend the mind that isn't your own. It is difficult for some to accept that someone may have encountered, or lived
through something that you haven't, or maybe won't. That is the way it is. Like it or not! No reason to get uppity about it.
I was able to put myself really out there...and let myself be led to places I wouldn't have imagined. It nearly killed me twice. I can't take those
moments away, nor would I actually want to. They all helped shape me into the person I am. We are vessels in life. Some are half full, some are nearly
empty, others are overflowing. Some folks hold their hand over the mouth, being afraid, and say:"no more for me thanks, I've had enough!" They
never allow their vessels to fill up...
Others, like me, are gluttons for life's experiences, unforgettable moments, and utterly amazing voyages along the way. Am I smarter? Not by a long
shot. I just have different perspectives from the culmination of my experiences. They die with me. They will never be yours.
And that is the way it is for all of us. It is like the old saying; "You'll never understand, because you had to be there!" And even then, you may
not see the same thing.
I had a mentor when I was in my thirties, and he always would tell me;
"Hell, I've probably forgotten more than you'll ever know..."
Back then, I was somewhat insulted, and sometimes amused...today, I realize that he was more right than he realized. I wish I knew all that he did. I
wish I could have witnessed everything his eyes had.
I can only try to imagine it. He died in the 1980's when he was 100 years old.