Mahatma Ghandi was one of the first great philosophers to influence me. I was all of eight years old at the time. Another that had my adolescent brain ticking over was Søren Kierkegaard. Today’s aphorism comes courtesy of him, and though I don’t recall hearing this way back then, it resonates with a long held comprehension that runs deep:
Experience, it is said, makes a man [sic] wise. That is very silly talk. If there were nothing beyond experience it would simply drive him mad.
(The Journals of Søren Kierkegaard)
Reminds me of the applicant for a responsible position saying he had thirty years experience. Turns out he had only one year’s experience – thirty times over.