There are, really, only two great teachers in your life. First, is WISDOM. The other is CONSEQUENCE. Neither of them come cheap, but we can learn a great deal from both.
While WISDOM can delight and amaze us, CONSEQUENCE can leave us breathless, but usually not in a good way. We can have either WISDOM or CONSEQUENCE as our teacher at any one time, not both. If we do not choose WISDOM, CONSEQUENCE will be chosen for us by default, and it is by far the tougher of the two, and much costlier.
Now, what are the differences between the two great teachers?
The Price Of The Two Teachers
WISDOM teaches us the lessons before we make a mistake. He shows us the mistakes of others who had walked down the paths we’re walking. He warns us where there are dangers ahead. We may not like it but he protects us from harm.
On the other hand, CONSEQUENCE demands our mistakes before he gives us his lessons. And when we do make mistakes, then we’d learned our lessons. Yes, we need to pay a steep price to learn from this teacher. His teachings ring loud and clear, and you’ll not miss the learning, only after you’ve been hurt!
Make no mistake about it, both are extremely effective teachers. Choose this day, which will be your teacher. I’ve learned from CONSEQUENCE that WISDOM is the better teacher for me in the long run. I just cannot afford to pay CONSEQUENCE tuition fees too many times!
As you walk down your journey of continual life-learning, choose wisely who would be your great teacher.