„Experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained.“

Part 4, XXVIII (1886)
Meditations of a Parish Priest (1866)

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„Indeed, wisdom is born of meditation; without meditation wisdom is lost. Knowing this twofold path of gain and loss of wisdom, one should conduct oneself so that wisdom may increase.“

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„Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one's life.“

—  Kate Chopin, livro The Awakening

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Contexto: The years that are gone seem like dreams -if one might go on sleeping and dreaming- but to wake up and find -oh! well! perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all ones life.

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„Consider that the turkey's experience may have, rather than no value, a negative value.“

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It learned from observation, as we are all advised to do (hey, after all, this is what is believed to be the scientific method). Its confidence increased as the number of friendly feedings grew, and it felt increasingly safe even though the slaughter was more and more imminent. Consider that the feeling of safety reached its maximum when the risk was at the highest!
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