Topic 4: It has been said, “Not everything that is learned is contained in books”. Compare and contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books. In your opinion, which source is more important? Why?

Books

There have been often many debates concerning the importance of books in comparison with the experiences. It is said that: “ Not everything that is learned is contained in books.” Life is diversified while the books seem to have limitation in reflecting fully the real life. However, based on the advantages that books bring to our life, books are of greater importance than experiences.

People gain knowledge by two main ways: Books and experiences. It is necessary for us to have a comprehensive view of the advantages and disadvantages of these sources of knowledge. Lt’s imagine that books have not been invented and people just rely on experiences as the only means of spreading knowledge. Experiences are understood to be the experience of the society and the experience of your own. In this method, knowledge is transferred directly from generations to generations, through word-of-mouth or you may gain knowledge by experiencing through real work. However, it has been proved to be not a perfect way to disseminate the knowledge. The experiences are just passed one by one, in a limited number of people, which prevent many people get accessed to the source. There may be many troubles arising in the process of transferring the experiences. As the memories of  people are limited, there may be often a lot of mistakes to be made, which may cause many serious consequences.

The above shortcomings, fortunately, are perfectly overcome by books. Books furnish you with almost every knowledge of the humankind, which has been collected over a long time of the history. It would not be an overstatement to say that books are one of the most significant inventions of people. Without books, which means no source of information to refer to, each generation has to create everything from drawing board. Books facilitate people saving the time, provide them with the foundation, from which they can create things that help human life. It is experience that can also be found easily in books. If the number of people getting accessed to the experiences are limited. People can also avoid the regrettable, even agonizing failure by learning from the experiences from books.

The skeptics may point out that books fail to keep up with the relentless changes of life, unable to reflect the real life exactly. This argument holds true. Some knowledge in the past no longer see its way in the modern society. In some cases, the practice of applying the knowledge from book in an irrelevant and inflexible  way without considering the real fact will have counter-effect. Nevertheless, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. In comparison to experiences, books are proved to be the more reliable and effective source of knowledge.

All things considered, it can be concluded that the greater importance of books are something that can be denied. However, it is wrong to understate the importance of experiences. The best course of action would be to attempt to combine both sources, applying them flexibly to exploit them to full capacity. The intelligent combination would be the surefire recipe for your success in the future career.

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