Gnomicon 006

If you have not already done so, you may wish to read the
Introduction to Gnomica.

Gnomicon  006
Monday 5 March 2012

The only thing we have learnt from experience is that
we learn nothing from experience.

Chinua Achebe (16 Nov 1930 – )

 Life is a Freudian repetition compulsion.

If it were not, why do so many of us insist on doing the same thing over and over, laboring under the proverbial illusion that this time the results will be different?  The woman who believes that her twenty years of experience in dealing with men gives her solid claim on a reputation for being a savvy operator in love’s arena has perhaps had a mere one year’s experience repeated twenty times – and is thus ineradicably imprinted with only immature ways to do deal with guys.

It’s not the number of years doing stuff — the age — that matters, but the number of stuff you spent all those years doing.

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2 Responses to Gnomicon 006

  1. heather says:

    On a small or large scale, as individuals or as nations, we repeat our history. That’s a little disheartening.

  2. Al Cram says:

    Perhaps we do actually learn something from experience, it’s just that we lack the courage to make the change that experience has suggested might give a better outcome. Better the disappointing but survivable failure we should expect than the possibly horrendous failure or perhaps moderate degree of success we might get from the change. A big change takes courage and a leap of faith, and it could still fail. It is commonly said that we learn more from our failures than from our successes, but often the result is just that we stop trying to accomplish whatever goal we were pursuing rather than approach the goal from a new direction.

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