The Art of Experience

Siyam Melke – Aparicio PM – Honorbound

[1] Aristotle once said, “A young man is not qualified to be a student of Politics; for he lacks the experience of the affairs of life…those who direct their desires and actions by reason will gain much profit from the knowledge of these matters.” He depicts that man, especially at a younger age, do not possess the appropriate mentality to tackle on the study of politics because they too themselves do not understand and lack the experience to grasp what the greater good for citizens is. However, when does man reach this point? Is it not that until the end of time, man will endure day-to-day experiences that have the ability to change his perspective on the world within an instant? [2] Aristotle then later followed his statement by saying, “…it is reasonable to suppose that the time passes more pleasantly with those who possess, than with those who are seeking knowledge.” He explains that it is easier to speak with someone who already possesses wisdom and knowledge, rather than someone who is constantly seeking that knowledge. My inner intolerant self would have to agree, but who am I to get agitated with those who are seeking?

So, if knowledge is power, where does knowledge derive from? When reflecting on the roots of knowledge, I began to grasp the fact that most epiphanies and knowledge indeed come from our own trifling and significant day-to-day experiences. I have always pondered about the significance of experiences until my own screamed profanities at me. Every weekday is the same routine: I wake up, get ready, go to school, come home, begin my homework, sleep, and repeat. Nonetheless, through this seemingly bland routine, I endure many experiences that broaden my knowledge. I tell you, it can be from the slightest of exchanges to the most deliberate of interactions. [3] Our experiences become a powerful ingrained part of our constant evolving identity and increasingly valuable to us as time passes us by.

It is essential for one to understand that knowledge is retained every day through the smallest of interactions. Through our cognitive ability, we are able to genuinely understand the knowledge within our daily experiences that aim to collect empirical evidence bearing on mental processes to help develop theories that explain that indication, which can come from our experimental knowledge. Therefore, I say to Aristotle that no man will ever obtain the rightful amount of experience to tackle on the world of politics. Every day is a new experience that holds an abundance of knowledge, making it a never-ending learning process. Every man is subjected to a life of endless knowledge so we must not be too quick to judge those who have placed themselves in the face of politics.

[1] Aristotle. “The Nicomachean Ethics.” How to Find Happiness Without a Free Lunch, 2017, Ed. Bernardo Aparicio (Ursuline Academy, 2017), Book I: Ch. 3.

[2] Aristotle. “The Nicomachean Ethics.” How to Find Happiness Without a Free Lunch, 2017, Ed. Bernardo Aparicio (Ursuline Academy, 2017), Book X: Ch. 7.

[3] “The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things.” Association for Psychological Science. May 30, 2015. Accessed June 24, 2017.

[Figure 1] Hobson , Haley. “Experience Vs. Knowledge and Why Experience is More Important.” The Chatham Group- For Technical Positions in the Science Based Industries. August 14, 2013. Accessed June 24, 2017.



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