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During my years’ of CFS, I had an experience: whenever I had to mention my health condition, many people simply didn’t believe it; whenever I mentioned to children, they accepted it without hesitation. Later I realized, the reason those people didn’t believe me was simply because what I said did not apply to their own life experience, and for those children, simply because inside their blank mind they could not find any existent experience to against my assertion.
So I realized, that personal life experience can be “friend” of our reasoning, also can be “enemy”, depend how we use it. If we use it as one of sources for our understanding of human nature, a rich life experience can certainly make our thoughts richer, makes us more open-minded; but if we use it as a the ONLY source for our “reasoning”, it will certainly limit our vision, make us narrow minded.
Or, should I say, personal life experience without the guide of reason can only limit our thought; only with the guide of reason, it can go beyond personal, becomes knowledge and leads us to open mind, to wisdom.