Alexainie, I generally hate oversimplification, but sometimes, it seems there are 4 types of people:

(1) those with experiences and, if introspective and aware, will develop wisdom that’s valuable to others,

(2) those who can’t conceive of any experience they haven’t experienced (I know that sounds recursive) and are happily unaffected,

(3) those who can conceive of these non-experiences but are pretty sure they “know” them without experiencing them, and

(4) those who can conceive of these non-experiences (maybe heard some mention) and know they need to either have these experiences or talk to someone who’s had the experiences (and then talk to more of them) before knowing enough to offer some guidance relating to the experience.

Experience is the key word, and for sake of this discussion, reading a textbook on the experience doesn’t qualify as having had the experience.

I very much appreciate your experience(s), the wisdom you’ve clearly gained from your experiences, and the extraordinary gift you have to articulate this wisdom. I am a fan!

I hope this made sense — it’s late here. In any case, I hope the author to whom you responded is a #1 or a #4. :-D

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