There seems to be a bias for personal experience in society; so much so, that observational experience is denigrated and looked down upon. However, I would like to posit that observational experience has more value than most people think and even fewer know.
The thing about observational experience is that it is integral in professions like the FBI or Physical Therapy, Being a Therapist, and attention to detail in any detail oriented profession out there.
I would also like to say that those who observe have insight as it pertains to the world around them, but because people fail to ask or even acknowledge their opinions, this observational insight gets lost, often never to be discovered in the first place.
However, since people are waking up to the falsehoods of western culture and society as a whole, observational experience has become paramount and the difference between life and death either financially, emotionally, spiritually, even physically.
The problem with personal experience, most of the time, is that it is subjective and bias, and people often like to make themselves seem like the victim or hero and will therefore embellish the experience to save face rather than convey the proper message, therefore diluting the information that could’ve done someone a great good. Also, personal experience is looked at as the be-all-end-all of all things as it relates to life, forgetting that learning from other’s mistakes is how we often avoid making our own.
So, for those who observe, keep observing. Those experiences you see people go through, those mistakes you see them make, those struggles you see them overcome will aid you in your navigation through life. Observational experience is the more objective of the two types of experiences, and it allows one to think on what they would do if found in particular circumstances, therefore expanding their mind and making it aware that such circumstances can fall upon them if they navigate recklessly through life.
Never let anyone tell you your observational experiences don’t matter, that perception is meaningless and the only type of empirical evidence is personal experience. That is not true and is utterly ridiculous. If it were true, we wouldn’t have empathy and other mirroring emotions that connect us to other human beings.
So observers, keep observing. And don’t forget to participate every once in a while. You never know, you might like it.
Alright, that’s my spiel. Til next week. . .