Image by Mark Lore

Life’s far too short and much too permanent to make every mistake yourself.

Though almost everyone would say they try to learn from other people’s mistakes, almost no one appreciates just how difficult it is to do so. Even when we make a conscious effort to be even-handed, we often unconsciously privilege our own experiences over the experiences of others.

That’s why I’ve always tried to take pride in learning from other people’s mistakes, to fight against our ingrained preference for firsthand knowledge. No need to endure all the trials and tribulations myself, I thought. I don’t need to smoke…

Steele Roddick

I write about living a better life and making a better world.

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