It has been said, "Not everything that is learned is contained in books." Compare and contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books. In your opinion, which source is more important? Why?
Books and experience are both essential resources for us to get knowledge, and both have relevant merits. When asked about which source is more important, the majority may choose experience. Others, however, like me, would like to vote for books from which gaining knowledge is more efficient, widely-covered and systematic.
At first, I think that acquiring knowledge from books is far more efficient than that from experience. In the time of information explosion, efficiency is of vital importance and everyone wants to get more information in less time, and books help them do that. By books, we can understand a principle in a single day which may have taken the experts several years to discover. Moreover, we can quickly go through the thousand-year-history in several hours, and we can learn about a foreign country without having been there for a minute.
Furthermore, books have another conspicuous benefit that is its universality. As far as I know human’s life is finite and too short to experience everything in this world. Often there are things that ordinary people cannot experience in their lives. However, by reading books which contain almost every field in this world can provide what they want to know. For example, very few people can step on the moon, but we can also know the details about the moon by reading relevant books.
In addition, knowledge gained from books is more systematic. The knowledge which comes from experience is concrete, specific but often fragmentary while knowledge acquired from books is more systematic. When you open a book, we can realize that its content is put in the index from introduction, body to conclusion.
What I have mentioned does not mean that I deny knowledge gained from experience. However, if I am asked which one is more important, I am going to answer that knowledge gained from books is more important. I always keep in my mind that everything needs to be more quick, wide, and systematical. I do not think you agree with me, do you?
Written by Nguyen Hong Anh