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is hindsight the best teacher?
ok, so i've had this whole manic depressive/borderline personality thing going for a while, yeah? i've only just come to recognise the key happenings, the indicators that i'm swinging into a hyper state - a TRUE hyper state where the undercurrent is hyper as well as the present mood...

i've been dealing with this for 8 years, and i've only come to recognise it now because of my past actions.

another thing: it's only through hindsight that i realised the difference between infatuation and love.

hindsight seems to be my best teacher in these respects.

has it ever been your best teacher? if not, what has? am i unique in this respect or is it part of the human condition?

(no amount of hindsight is going to make me stop drinking red wine, i don't care HOW much it makes me sneeze!)
asked in hindsight, teaching, life lessons

Hiheels answers:

Whether it's called hindsight or experience, it's usually a fairly good teacher.

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blacksmith81 answers:

Hindsight is said to be 20/20, that is true for everyone IMO.

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Family.Guy answers:

It is for most of us but there is some people out there and i know one in particular that never learns by their mistakes so its not a very good teacher for him/her a sledge hammer might be a better one.

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Theminxy1 answers:

I don't think you're alone in this at all. I think it's called learning from your own bog-ups. It's one of the ways we grow as people.

I think it sad that the same can't be said of nations. The problems of the day aren't new, they just seem to happen on a larger scale now than ever before. Perhaps if we learned from history some of them would be solved.

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Topaz2308 answers:

Unequivicably yes if not we would just keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again and then we would have to be called a government body.

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Russel.West answers:

Experience is one thing, wisdom another - hindsight unlike wisdom comes after the event you wish you had had the wisdom not to do -

do something once that you shouldn't and get away with it is a mistake - do it again and get caught is just down right stupid...

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haiasophia answers:

I think in my life until age 40. Now I am smarter.

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agentju90 answers:

unless we learn from past mistakes, we do not survive. even animals learn from mistakes. eating a certain red berry makes a bird ill. they soon learn not to eat it. idk if this can be called hindsight, but it seems the same to me.

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xoloriib answers:

Logic is the beginning of wisdom - so said Mr Spock. While there are many things in life which you can work out with logic there are lots more that you can't.

I have looked back on my life many times and wondered what would have happened if I'd done such and such differently. I have come to the conclusion that the only thing that would really have made a difference is if I had not been a drinker or if I had not drunk alcohol to excess it would have had a positive effect. The rest of my problems were mostly due to other people. Unfortunately I am not very good at handling other people but it is impossible to live in the world without them which would be about the only other thing that would have helped.

The other thing that makes a difference is the rebellion of youth. Parents frequently give their offspring good advice : all too often it is in a form which youngsters do not like. There are ways to pass on the information which young people need but it is a fine art to actually get them to stop rebelling.

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tarapalmer1974 answers:

i never learn from hindsight i keep making the same mistakes again and again.
i just follow my heart and even when i know its going to hurt i still do it hoping it wont.

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captain-pilchard answers:

Shouldn't this sort of thing be on forum?

Supplement from 02/28/2008 11:26pm:

Hindsight is the best teacher. As you get older, you learn from your mistakes. Without hindsight - even if advice is given from valued people - many of us will still go in like Flint, because we have never experienced the scenario before.

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returner88 answers:

To me it's what your heart tells you as brain thinks it through.
Hindsight is a reunion of wits /knowledge- it's a guided transit state which helps us to develop.

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suehayes answers:

Hindsight will only prepare us for circumstances we have experienced previously it will never prepare us for the unknown.

A wise teacher will help us to gain a wealth of knowledge to encompass most scenarios but will add the element of surprise to elevate those skills & knowledge to adaptability.

Therefore, being as flexible as possible within all scenarios is our most desirable state & *The Element of Surprise*, has to be our best teacher as it requires knowledge, wisdom & instinct combined.

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H125L answers:

No the best teachers are the ones you fancied at school and always wanted to take into the store room, or was that just me.......

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