Information and experience

I am sure many of us have resorted to google for many things in life. Worse probably, some of us even “google” our symptoms of our ailment and hope to come up with a solution. I am sure this ticks most doctors off, especially when people come into the surgery telling the doctor what they think they have (and who has not done that hey??)

As a sound person myself, I cannot begin to tell you how many “sound people” are out there because they read this book and “googled that”.

It got me thinking….. As things always tend to do πŸ™‚ ha ha ha.

Although we live in an information heavy culture and information is freely available. When you go to a professional, you not always looking for information are you?

For most part, we go to a doctor not so he can spout off some random facts, but we got here because they have the experience in putting the facts together and help us understand and treat where we find ourselves.

Its for this reason I never worry that Google will put me out of my career. Because its my experience of “putting it all together” that people pay me for.

Which got me thinking again…. (it really is making me think a lot hey)

I don’t think either one of information or experience outweighs the other. But when we place an extra emphasis on the one and not the other we sit with problems and frustrations.

Take for example, the average church going Christian. They come across the bible and start reading it (yes there are a few). But then they start quoting it to people in order to change their lives.
Which I would say is the wrong way of using scripture. It needs to be tempered with experience and I think here is where people often make the mistake. Information does not change people, it enlightens us, but experience helps us.

People tend to respond better to people who have the experience behind them.

Makes one think hey…..


8 thoughts on “Information and experience

  1. critters and crayons

    I think you are right- Wikipedia has made “experts” of us all with little empirical knowledge to corroborate what we’ve read. I have to admit something to you.

    In the months I’ve seen your posts here- do you know who I thought you were posting as and thought it was quite a witty moniker? The Hone Stone.

    I see, now that I really look, that it is The Honest One.

    Either way, it’s cool.


    1. thehonestone Post author

      He he he, you are not the only one. I did consider “the hone stone” for a bit, but that would mean a lot of name changing and I am too lazy for that ha ha ha πŸ™‚

  2. DesiValentine

    From a child-care perspective, it’s the “putting it together” that many of us are trying to teach kids. Information is so readily available, that there isn’t as much value now in book knowledge as their is in creative interpretations and applications of what we’ve learned. I think it’s the people who have both – the book knowledge and the integrative skill – that will be most successful. Maybe both in work and in life?

  3. An Observant Mind

    Nothing worse than a “bible-bashing” christian who is not living or lived what they preach. Off-putting and the cause of many people to be turned off by the Christian faith. As in life, experience brings wisdom and wisdom brings advise that is full or empathy, experience and grace – much more easily received.

  4. dirk

    Lynley..wish u could have heard the testimonies from the married couples on sunday.i have not heard the truth spoken in shofar as much as on was phenomenal how these young couples shared how tough married life is and how they get through every day

    1. thehonestone Post author

      Well, I am glad that they did that. But I think what you mean is that for once they were honest. I never questioned whether the truth was ever spoken. Its the fact that people don’t honestly share…


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