Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Learning from experience

I have just recently come across a section in last weeks Big Issue, a magazine that supports homeless peoples issues. I noticed a kind reader quoted me from the book 'The Rules of Chaos'.  The quote is that Ideology is where people go in to avoid learning from experience.  The reader applied my quote to the nature of capitalism.

The truth is if only capitalist would learn from experience, the future might look better. Alas, hardly any body learns from experience.  Of course powerful people are the worst.  The rich and the powerful tend to feel invulnerable and they think that they do not need to learn anything from experience or the past, but everybody holds dear what they believe in and they do not let facts distract them.

So to understand what is happening, we should not leave out considering the flaws of human nature.


Daniel Rocha said...

Hello, Stephen!

As I'm covering my colleagues's vacation this month, I remembered that it was exactly one year ago that I did the review (the first in Brazil!) about your Truth and Lies in Literature. I'm still struggling with the second version of my novel, and keep fighting to publish my first novel and I sent a book of short tales to another contest.

And how is your 3 Wishes?

Hope you are fine. Send news, when you can.

All best,

From your brazilian friend,


George said...

Ego insulates the rich from experience. The poor lack the luxury of ego as they need to learn from experience to survive.