We humans are gullible creatures, conditioned to creep back to the warm and deceptively safe perception of familiarity. It is mentally economical to think that someone who has many, many years of experience is infallible, when they are, and someone who is known to be honourable, will not behave dishonorably, when actually they do. When we hedge against reality, reality always wins.
In Singapore, there is quite a few celebrations going on, one electrical company is celebrating ’31 wonderful years’, another one I came across, ‘200 years of banking excellence’ Of course I allow myself to add to the bandwagon, I have over 15 years of Aikido training. Aw crap.
We seem to take long existence in a discipline a good thing, subconsciously, we approve of a sustenance of consistency. But if you are one who believe in reincarnation, then we all know this lifetime is just a fart in the eons of time. Hell even if you don’t believe in reincarnation, let’s think about it, the Earth has been around billion of years, so what does 40 years of excellence or 200 years of banking counts for when it is compared to a ‘billion year’ 1000000000 and mind you, the Earth is older than a billion. So it is also another fart. So forty years of being a good guy, doesn’t mean crap, you might just get reborn for the next couple of lifetime as a rock, or worse.
When it comes down to the history, nothing beats direct experience. That ‘in your face’ moment, the spontaneous ‘spur of the moment’ moment is a great leveller, it makes a fool out of experienced people, and gave the glory to the underdog. Luck always favours the bold and the ignorant. Zen seems to know luck always favours beginners, since there is such a thing called ‘beginners’ luck.’ So with a beginners mind, you’ll always be lucky.
So don’t buy the experience thing, ever. Just because the thing has been around longer than you, way before you are born, does not means that you are ‘novice’. Experiences needs to die, and get reborn with greater and closer relevance to the present. Experience is nothing more than the written page, the potential lies in a blank page, so fill it up and move on.
And one more thing, wisdom does not necessarily correlates with experience, you as a new greenhorn has your own wisdom, and don’t ever discount that, cos luck favours the beginners, and we all have the beginners mind.