GRE Essay Topic 372 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "We learn through direct experience; to accept a theory without experiencing it is to learn nothing at all."
We learn through direct experience; to accept a theory witho
Though it is true that we learn from direct experience but I do not agree with the statement that to accept a theory without experiencing it is to learn nothing at all. Experience of others is a thing that makes aware without making you old. It is the advantage which we can take from others without risking our life.
I would like to cite another example from my own life. After my high school I was appearing for Pre enginering test. My father asked me to talk to those seniors who had already taken that test that time I didn’t realize its importance but I talked. Some of the seniors gave me valuable tips and One told me to attempt certain type of questions before as there is shortage of time. I attempted exactly in the way as one senior told through his experience and I realized that I had fallen short of time and that was invaluable advise. I came out with flying colours in my exams .Today if I see in retrospect I realize how can we learn and make efficient use of others experience. If I would have thought to learn from my experience only I would have wasted an attempt and appeared again after one year for the same exams. This would be definetly a great loss for me as wasting a whole year only in clearing entrance test.
Next example I would like to give is from field of research in medical field. If a medical student analyze the work of his seniors who had done research in his field and than proceed than there are always better chances that he will not repeat some mistakes as his seniors has done. There is also possibility that he will avoid those experiments which failed and try some thing new by that he can save his valueable time and do something creative. If he doesn’t try to learn from his seniors experience it is possible that he too will end up doing the same thing which is already done wasting time and energy.
I would like to conclude that what we can learn from other person’s life experience makes us more aware and gives us strength for taking newer risks. History won’t be that important if a person could learn only from its own experience and others experience would be only futile to him. But progressive world would always have some areas where you can learn only as your own as you might be first to encounter such problems.
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