What is Experience?
What is experience?
Experience refers to the nature of the events someone or something has undergone. Experience is what is happening to us all the time - as we long we exist.
Experience, used in the present tense, refers to the subjective nature of one's current existence. Humans have a myriad of expressions, behaviors, language, emotions, etc. that characterize and convey our moment-to-moment experiences.
Experience, used in the past tense, refers to the accumulated product (or residue) of past experiences e.g., after many hours of training and practice building furniture out of wood, we now consider him to be an experienced wood craftsman.
These two emphases of the word experience (present and past) emerge from a critical connection and philosophical issue:
The idea that past experiences influence future experiences was termed continuity by John Dewey. All experiences, argued Dewey, impact on one's future, for better or worse. Basically, cumulative experience either shuts one down or opens up one's access to possible future experiences.
Quotes about experience
Experience is not what
happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
We go through life
expecting to be tasted while we are being swallowed.
If you want knowledge, you
must take part in the practice of changing reality. If you want to
know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it
Life should serve up its
experiences in a series of courses.
interesting till it begins to repeat itself - in fact, till it does
that, it hardly is experience.
To most men, experience is
like the stern light of a ship, which illumines only the track it has
Not all need experience,
but all need the fruit of experience.
There are two things that
experiences teach us: the first is that we should correct heavily; the
second, that is should not be too heavily.
To a great experience one
thing is essential, an experiencing nature.
Experience only serves us
to give others useless advice.
Experience dulls the edge
of all our dogmas.