Age and experience

"We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another." - Anais Nin

Within this lifestyle there are multiple trains of thought, some embrace that experience is highly sought after, others believe that you can simply declare yourself and be great from that (obviously I am not of the later camp).

But what is experience? Does being older mean you have "experience"? Of course not, age simply allows for opportunities to be experienced, it does not mean you have take them and actually learned a lesson. What about a 50 year old who has been in the lifestyle for 5 years versus a 30 year old who has been in 10 years, which is more experienced? So obviously we should be looking at how many years in the lifestyle as part of our gauge, not their age. Also we need to look at their intelligence and ability to learn and remember things, for 10 years experience unlearned from versus 5 years learned from would lean to the less "experienced" person.

"People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live...[We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born." - Albert Einstein in a letter to Otto Juliusburger

We also need to look at the person's willingness to learn new things, the jaded old timer who knows it all and thinks he knows it all with nothing left to learn, obviously has missed some things along the way, quite probably a great number of things.

We need to allow for new people to come into this lifestyle of ours, but the new people also need to look to those who are experienced and actually be willing to take the steps to learn, deciding it is too much effort and just popping off to the dungeon every weekend for casual play will put you in that category of having 10 years "experience" and not really knowing any more than you did when you began. And really if you are not willing to learn, then let people know you are a casual player and not interested in anything new, implying you have been around without really experiencing and learning from the opportunities you were presented, does a dis-service to all.

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Or in our case perhaps the "lifestyle" in your years.

19 Nov 2007 14:59:49

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