The topic of experience has come up in several different discussions lately, and got me to thinking about the Information Overload that accompanies the Information Age.
We live in a time when there is just so much information available, literally at our fingertips. But information is not knowledge, and we are losing the distinction between having experienced something, and simply having the ‘artificial experience’ of looking it up on line.
Things get more blurry when artificial experience was gathered from further sources of the same…so, multiple generations of information passed on without benefit of practical knowledge and wisdom.
Certainly, not all experience develops practical wisdom. To be fair, types and quality of experiences vary widely – simply having an official sounding or professional resume means almost nothing, especially in this Internet age, and some, despite lots of experience, never really seem to glean much in the way of knowledge from it. There are people like this in every walk of life.