Is experience necessary when dispensing advice? Are the words of wisdom only viable when backed up with personal knowledge or a degree? The part of me which enjoys meting out guidance says ‘no’. For instance, when seeking counsel, it would be remiss of anyone to reject the words of a priest on the subject of marriage. After all, there is a wealth of information available from the Good Book. As a caveat, I am not a religious person nor am I affiliated with any particular sect.
The same applies for the evidence one may seek about dying or death. There is very little insight that can be obtained from a live human. The ones who have experienced this are unavailable for comment. It is possible to inquire of people who have been through near death experiences or who have been declared clinically dead and brought back to life. Unfortunately, the incidences are as varied as the people involved. Who do we believe?
Experts are a dime-a-dozen, especially in the age of the Internet. It seems anyone who chooses can proclaim themselves ‘expert’; can and do. This may well be the case or not? It is up to the individual to decipher all information one takes on board. We have had to become skilled in the art of deduction. Being able to separate fact from fiction.
This, also, speaks to whether one believes the words of another who is spreading the knowledge they have accumulated. The best way to judge such souls is to trust in your own discernment. If what you are being told makes sense and seems or feels correct than by all means allow it to penetrate.
While experience can make for a more reliable information-sharing vehicle it truly is not necessary for anyone who wishes to help their fellow human beings. Book learning can be just as effective. The person who is giving the advice may be more than capable of converting all that has been learned into personal adaptation.
Take whatever help is offered and turn those wise words into a full and prosperous life.