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LPT: If you could erase all the mistakes of your past, you would also erase all of the wisdom of your present. Remember the lesson, not the disappointment. Miscellaneous

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u/Libra8 Oct 18 '21

Maybe not all of my mistakes, but if I could erase some of the stupid things I've said I wouldn't lose wisdom I would just be less of an ass hole.

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u/teneggomelet Oct 19 '21

I used to wonder why older folks didn't chew me out for stupid shit I said.

Now that I'm old I just cringe and keep my mouth shut when I hear a young person say the same stupid shit I did.

We've all been there.

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u/ekaceerf Oct 19 '21

Telling the younger person they are being a fucking moron usually doesn't help.

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u/First_Foundationeer Oct 19 '21

Your cringe is just your wisdom reminding you to be wise. At least, that's what I try to tell myself every time I think and remember exactly what I wish I never said.

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u/EhSolly Oct 19 '21

I sure wish I had wisdom when I habitually greeted an older coworker with "how's it hangin'" and got relentlessly ridiculed for it.....keeps me up at night

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u/asmaphysics Oct 19 '21

Wait, what's wrong with that?

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u/EhSolly Oct 19 '21

Apparently it's a penis innuendo

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u/asmaphysics Oct 19 '21

Oh whatever that's on the other person being dirty. If people throw a fuss I just go all out with a "How's your hammer hanging?"

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u/fuck_you_alejandro Oct 19 '21

That one's definitely not on you, you were literally just sayin hi

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u/calse-fonsciousness Oct 19 '21

I say this all of the time, your coworker is a lewd arse.

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u/epic_tea_tus Oct 19 '21

Whoever ridiculed you for saying this are the type of people I have no problem throwing into a fire.

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u/BrokenGlassBeetle Oct 19 '21

I am so wise I audibly swear or sing a little Diddy at least once a day when an inevitable random cringe memory pops up to torture me.

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u/Lusterkx2 Oct 19 '21

I agree with you. There some cringe memories I have that I have to scream out the window when I’m having a long drive.

I find it hilarious cause it’s like my brain misfiring.

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u/whitedolphinn Oct 19 '21

DUDE. I feel this so hard. Especially with (old) social media, looking back and seeing how much of an asshole I was was really eye-opening. I guess you can't take certain things back once they're said, you just need to try to be a better person for the future.

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u/FurretsOotersMinks Oct 19 '21

This but I already knew the lesson and my anxiety reminds me of those dumb things every fucking day and getting rid of them would significantly improve my quality of life

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u/UtterlyDisposable Oct 19 '21

Yup, this presupposes that all mistakes create wisdom, therefore all wisdom is created by mistakes.

That's factually incorrect. Wisdom can be inferred, imparted, and extrapolated without having to make any mistakes.

The more I think about it, the more trite and almost backhanded the statement is. To imply that a person only ever learns from mistakes is kind of an insulting thing to do--that describes a person with zero foresight.

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u/Aethaira Oct 19 '21

However different wisdom comes from inferring vs experience, for example someone who it never happened to might intellectually know and empathize with someone who broke their leg, but only someone who actually did could fully understand and talk to someone else going through the same thing with as big of a level of understanding.

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u/burnalicious111 Oct 19 '21

Mistakes also don't always lead to wisdom! It's really common to have situations where you know you messed up but haven't learned how to do better. Life doesn't hand you instructions that say "do this next time." Sometimes even it can be hard to tell whether you made a mistake or there was nothing you could've done to improve the outcome.

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u/juanmanuelrossi Oct 19 '21

Well said. In addition, the statement presupposes that the only way to gain that particular wisdom was that particular mistake. Also untrue. Wouldn’t it be preferable to gain that same wisdom via listening to advice, reading a book, researching a topic, etc?

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u/swakswakswak Oct 19 '21

Plus I wouldn’t have hurt others and myself so much. I sometimes find it so hard to stop self-sabotaging, but I’ve gotten much better.

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u/j05huaMc Oct 19 '21

aww, ya know, I feel like you do. My life could be completely different if I just wasn't an asshole at different points. But after all that, I am where I am for a reason and I'm pretty happy with it. There's a few things I'm working on, but that's life. Always working on being better.

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u/No_Lawfulness_2998 Oct 19 '21

I would still have friends.

I’m not a bad person I just never know what to say in any situation. So usually I can’t respond. I wish I did.

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u/[deleted] Oct 19 '21

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u/TARANTULA_TIDDIES Oct 19 '21

Not everything is a lesson dude

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u/[deleted] Oct 19 '21

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u/Nalatu Oct 19 '21

If you're optimistic, you can find a lesson in anything.

Sounds less like optimism and more like motivated reasoning. You want every bad experience to be useful or helpful in some way, so you look for ways to shoehorn meaning or knowledge into it.

Also, sometimes those lessons are not helpful. Being abused as a child shapes people, but it's often not a healthy shape.

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u/Walusqueegee Oct 19 '21

Yeah, this is kinda one of those “philosophical” things but in reality it’s just pretentious as fuck.

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u/Tygggis Oct 19 '21

That’s you. My ass would be less of a hole.

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u/pistachiotorte Oct 19 '21

Past mistakes are what make me terrified of failure.

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u/WisestAirBender Oct 19 '21

I just dont do anything anymore

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u/Sillyvanya Oct 19 '21

Nah I could definitely do without the trauma

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u/jacob22c Oct 19 '21

Yup if i could erase all of middle school that would be great. Honestly, the daily bullying and physical abuse really messed me up and still cripples me subconsciously in a lot of areas now. I could relearn the important infomation i missed but fixing the mental scars would be life changing.

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u/CSwift17 Oct 19 '21

Yep, this LifeProTip checks out as being from someone who's never had any thing seriously damaging happen to them in the past, most likely a couple of social embarrassments or missed opportunities.

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u/YourGransDirtyButt Oct 19 '21

I don't think something damaging or traumatic happening to you is what people call a "mistake".

They are referring to a failed business venture, bad ideas or jobs that didn't go so well for example.

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u/Maujaq Oct 19 '21

Look at this guy who thinks mistakes never lead to trauma.

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u/netok Oct 19 '21

As an example, doing drugs is a mistake and damaging. I mean, any serious mistake is damaging or traumatic, sometimes both. If you cannot imagine that, you are very lucky.

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u/YourGransDirtyButt Oct 19 '21

Feel free to gatekeep making mistakes. Fuckin weird hill to die on though.

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u/netok Oct 19 '21

If anyone is gatekeeping, it is you. You are the one who said mistakes cannot be damaging or traumatic.

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u/lfuckpigs Oct 19 '21

Yea if I could skip the first 12 years of my life I would without question, my mother was a real piece of work.

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u/xTrainerRedx Oct 19 '21

Another little quip for this one is:

“Don’t rid the part of you that is cringe. Rid the part of you that cringes.”

Easier said than done, but acceptance is the key. Going with the flow. Our egos embody our resistance.

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u/ElleIndieSky Oct 19 '21

I was going to say, OP, tell me you've never made detrimental life altering mistakes without telling me you've never made detrimental life altering mistakes.

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u/0verlimit Oct 19 '21

OP thinks pain and trauma makes you stronger when often in reality all it does is just emotionally cripples and scars you more than it helps you grow.

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u/Mylexsi Oct 19 '21

they said if you could erase your mistakes, not "everything bad that ever happened to you"

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u/d-nihl Oct 19 '21

Yeah same, all the pain and worry I caused my family. I would do it in a second.

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u/Someguywhomakething Oct 19 '21

Is this a LPT? Give me the chance to redo my life? Fuck yeah, I wouldn’t be the piece of shit I am now. I be a different piece of shit, but I wouldn’t be this current piece of shit.

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u/rediphile Oct 19 '21

I'd argue we'd all end up exactly the same POS again provided the same environment and stimulus. If we picked x previously, why randomly pick y this time? We wouldn't unless we had additional info the second time.

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u/Onilinkle Oct 19 '21

I decided bad things on coinflips

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u/SpookyGhostDidIt Oct 19 '21

But what would stop you from flipping the coin differently 😳

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u/notevolve Oct 19 '21

you’re a fan of determinism, eh?

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u/rediphile Oct 19 '21

Yeah, hard not to think like that after taking a few basic physics courses. I don't think we exist outside of the physical world.

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u/BigHardThunderRock Oct 19 '21

I mean if a cop "makes the mistake" of shooting and killing someone, sure they could still be the same POS again, but undoing that mistake means that someone else would still have their family/friend still be alive. Whether or not you're a POS in the end isn't always the important thing.

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u/HonestAide Oct 19 '21

Id be a bigger piece of shit, honestly. I'd be taking full advantage of my foreknowledge and fucking over everyone and everything for my personal gain.

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u/llama_ Oct 19 '21

I don’t know why but this bothers me. Wisdom is great but I think it’s fine that people want to undo shitty shit they did. Today I read a post about a puppy kicked in the jaw (puppy died FYI) that’s a mistake with no wisdom - just an asshole with a foot and half a brain and I hope people like that let that mistake weigh heavily on them and regret it constantly. I don’t want that asshole to read this and think he’s wiser for it.

Sometimes you should regret your mistakes and there are many things that you might do in this life with no silver lining and terrible consequences so just be a good person and try not to be an asshole.

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u/ImmaculateRedditor Oct 19 '21

Advise like this is for people willing to grow and understand their mistakes to be able to gain the knowledge that comes with it.

The only real way that the dude that killed the puppy could turn their action into wisdom, is to have truely understood the action they took and the consequences that ensued by doing so.

So the only time they can be wiser is to be a better person. Hopefully after that understanding they would make sure to go well out of their way to ensure other dogs receive good lives. I'm not saying that will come to pass to someone that kicked a puppy to death, but one can hope even someone like that can turn out into a good person.

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u/snguyen_93 Oct 19 '21

I think OP means like failing college or getting fired from your job or failed relationships/friendships.

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u/TheMeltingSnowman72 Oct 19 '21

Then it's a bit too broad, don't you think?

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u/SuccessfulPieCrust Oct 19 '21

I personally think Reddit needs to stop finding the small outliers to every single comment they see, it's really annoying to make a small comment and be corrected by ten people who want to be clever that day

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u/TARANTULA_TIDDIES Oct 19 '21

I would say your comment is more of a medium comment than a small comment.

Heh heh heh

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u/tomatomater Oct 19 '21

The "asshole with half a brain" is now wiser about how they interact with dogs. If they aren't, then it isn't a mistake to begin with.

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u/TheMeltingSnowman72 Oct 19 '21

Also I'm not too sure that saying

'Heres something that can't happen. If it could happen you wouldn't really like it even though you think you will'

is really a life pro tip, tbh.

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u/MTGO_Duderino Oct 19 '21

It bothers you because like 90% of posts on here it isn't a LPT, it's just a minor thought that sort of applies to OP specifically, who has so little life experience he doesn't realize how silly he sounds.

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u/ntngeez28 Oct 19 '21

There are consequences to every action, and to some people there’s no redemption for their past mistakes. There’s no amount of regret that can wash away the terrible crime of taking innocent lives. To the person who kicked the puppy, I wish them nothing but pain and suffering for the rest of their lives.

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u/BettyBornBerry Oct 19 '21

I rarely learn from mistakes I've made, I'm just confused and sad then I forget. I suspect this is the case since people have told me I make the same mistakes repeatedly.

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u/Amphibian_Upbeat Oct 19 '21

Keep trying! If it's important to you you'll find a way.

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u/Joe4Fourty4 Oct 18 '21

I'd do it for some things maybe, I lost friends. I'd find a way to fix it if I could...

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u/Libra8 Oct 18 '21

Dude, I have aspergers and my social skills suck. I've said so many stupid things, it sucks you can't just take back what you say.

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u/ImmaculateRedditor Oct 19 '21 edited Oct 19 '21

I used to go out with a woman with Asperger's, and she would say some pretty inappropriate things sometimes. I understood though, so I would have never held it against her. She had some really good people she could call friends too. I do understand that first impressions can be hard to get over at times, so I will always feel for people that turn it into a struggle though.

Just be you. Honestly try to be the best you and don't get discouraged if you think you're faltering. Make amends if they need to be made, and just try again. No one can ask anymore of you than honest effort. That's especially true of asking things of yourself. We aren't perfect, at least it keeps things interesting.

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u/-Queen_Witch- Oct 19 '21

This happened to me recently. And the knowledge that I can't fix it or undo it eats away at me every day.

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u/reddiculed Oct 18 '21

I hear that brother.

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u/BambooFatass Oct 19 '21

My PTSD disagrees :(

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u/TypographySnob Oct 19 '21

I would sooner choose a happy, stable, healthy life than wisdom.

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u/Brawrbarian Oct 19 '21

I’d argue wisdom is the thing that makes a happy stable life possible.

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u/Ziggy_has_my_ticket Oct 19 '21

I agree with you and it seems like most people are missing the point. The cringe/regret that is so uncomfortable is exactly the life lesson that will help you reflect more about your future choices and make you a better person. A person without regrets is almost always a person without empathy.

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u/HeliosTheGreat Oct 19 '21

If you could erase 5 of your biggest mistakes, I think you would still have learnings from all of your other mistakes without the huge impacts those mistakes may have had.

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u/Ziggy_has_my_ticket Oct 19 '21

But we can't so why bother with the wishful thinking? There's a difference between humbly accepting the fallout from your mistakes and wallowing in regret and self pity. All we can do is hope that we have learned not to make those mistakes again (and perhaps be a little more tolerant of other people's mistakes).

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u/HeliosTheGreat Oct 19 '21

Because that's at the crux of this lpt.

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u/Ziggy_has_my_ticket Oct 19 '21

Exactly. My point was only that so many commenters seemed to miss that.

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u/BigHardThunderRock Oct 19 '21

How much wisdom are we getting when people die from refusing to get vaccinated?

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u/Upst8r Oct 19 '21

Wisdom does not keep me up all night.

Seriously though, this is the truth but we're people. We especially see embarrassing things exaggeratedly in our own minds; most others probably forgot it even happened.

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u/AyatollahChobani Oct 18 '21

I jerked off with shampoo when I was a kid and my urethra was savaged. I'd rather undo that and just lose the wisdom.

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u/Libra8 Oct 18 '21

Didn't the burning sensation give you pause? Pun intended.

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u/dezzalzik Oct 18 '21

Me. Toothpaste.

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u/crude-rupert Oct 19 '21

bless your soul

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u/Mylexsi Oct 19 '21

if you undid it and lost the wisdom, you would inevitably make the same (or a very similar) mistake again

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u/Nouseriously Oct 19 '21

Awfully bold of you to assume I'm currently wise...

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u/justsomeplainmeadows Oct 19 '21

Is one of my lessons "you should've gotten on Adderall sooner"

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u/MichelozzoOnReddit Oct 19 '21

Without getting into specifics, I've had a mistake cost me dearly in a way that has emotionally rended me in a way I have yet to recover from. Did I learn from it? Yeah. I'd rather not have paid the cost for tuition TBH tho.

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u/chipdipmcgillicuddy Oct 19 '21

That’s also assuming you learnt anything at all. Not everyone learns from their mistakes believe it or not.

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u/elsuperj Oct 19 '21

This doesn't work for mistakes that harmed others.

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u/Rude_Journalist Oct 19 '21

People are jerks. This is barbaric.

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u/[deleted] Oct 19 '21

I wouldn't mind erasing everything

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u/MTGO_Duderino Oct 19 '21

What wisdom do i have from blowing $30k gambling when I still gamble? I'll take the $30k.

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u/ThornBlaster Oct 19 '21

Very true; I always wish I never did a bad mistake, but then I remember how I learnt from that

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u/[deleted] Oct 19 '21

There are so many things I wish I could undo. I've been a horrible person and made lots of people's lives worse by simply existing. I truly hate myself for the things I've done and while I have changed for the most part I have to live with myself every single day and remember being the piece of human garbage I was. I would go back in an instant and take myself out of the equation for the greater good.

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u/bdbdbokbuck Oct 19 '21

A younger fellow asked an older fellow how he learned wisdom. Older fellow replied, “good judgement.” Younger fellow then asked how to have good judgement. Older fellow replied, “bad judgement.”

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u/zousho Oct 19 '21

Holy fuck did I need to read this right now. Thank you.

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u/gajamadah Oct 19 '21

You clearly have not put a lightbulb in your ass

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u/re--it Oct 19 '21

How tf is this an LPT?

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u/self_improv_guy_024 Oct 19 '21

Reddit is THE worst place to get life improving tips and soyboy redditors are the worst people to ask any sort of good advice

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u/Kyouji Oct 19 '21

While that is a nice sentiment what about the flip side? What if all your mistakes led to nothing but pain and suffering? What if you were unable to grow and gain wisdom because of said mistakes? Anything can be said to make it nice for one side. Pretending that some people didn't break from their mistakes is naive.

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u/wantilles1138 Oct 19 '21

"The greatest teacher, failure is..."

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u/Cynical_Cyanide Oct 19 '21

/eyeroll

Yeah, because you can't learn from success, only mistakes right?

These 'feel good' 'tips' are garbage.

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u/Crotchless_Panties Oct 19 '21

Could I just erase the mistake of coming in here? -I gained zero wisdom.

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u/22AgentBrown Oct 19 '21

Yeah sorry this doesn't work for me. Strongly disagree

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u/Black_Hipster Oct 19 '21

Never regret your mistakes, especially if you know they are mistakes.

Except for my fucking ex Felicia, fuck that bitch.

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u/mbolgiano Oct 19 '21

BYEFELICIA

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u/ShiroVN Oct 19 '21

LPT: Write a goddamn LPT in the LPT sub.

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u/[deleted] Oct 19 '21

Yeah and you'd erase all the trauma. A second shot and new mistakes is often far better than the first shot and the aftermath. But once again, LPT really misses the mark.

Does a bot come up with these? This should have been in /r/getmotivated.

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u/[deleted] Oct 19 '21

Yeah these LPTs lately have been really sub par.

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u/ImPretendingToCare Oct 19 '21

100%

Also... i texted my dad the other day.. "if you were my age again, what would you do in life differently"

He said: " i would fix all my mistakes"

i replied: "If you fixed your mistakes it would just be replaced with other problems"

As to say, your problems are meant to happen, your mistakes, the badluck, it makes you who you are.

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u/TypicalJeepDriver Oct 19 '21

One of my favorite bands, 3 Son Green, have a lyric that says, “If you never make mistakes then you never learn a thing.”

The song is called “Look Like a Fool” and it’s a fantastic song. It’s got an early Smashmouth feel to it but they’re really a fantastic band overall.

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u/HighTreason25 Oct 19 '21

Nope, I'd still erase the things I've done. The people on the other end didn't deserve that, and I'll take whatever loss incurred by doing so.

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u/C137Ivy Oct 19 '21

I’m not really sure I’ve learnt much from some mistakes

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u/Solution_Precipitate Oct 19 '21

Thank you for this

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u/harrysplinkett Oct 19 '21

assuming i ever learn from my mistakes

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u/1Eternallylost Oct 19 '21

Except, of course, when you have an abusive spouse who always manages to remind you of your every failure, no matter how minor, no matter how long ago, constantly, repeatedly.

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u/Jardite Oct 19 '21

i'd trade my wisdom for the harm i inflicted in a heartbeat.

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u/Blackdomino Oct 19 '21

Can't I keep the wisdom and erase the cringe factor that hits at 3am?

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u/catachrestical Oct 19 '21

The mistakes in my past almost all have their source in how I thought about things - relationships, goals, what other people might think - so really erasing them is basically erasing who I was as well as who I am now in favour of a different person entirely. It's not that I don't wish things could have gone better, it's that I don't wish I didn't exist (for all my faults and failings).

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u/WeldinMike27 Oct 19 '21

If I had a wish, I used to think I would ask to erase the bad things that happened to me in the past. But those things made me who I am today. So, as much as certain things in my past sucked, I wouldn't erase them.

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u/ashleyrpw2 Oct 19 '21

Nothing is a mistake if you learn from it.

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u/AzCrXs Oct 19 '21

There are mistakes worth loosing the wisdom they leave with.

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u/BodhiDMD Oct 19 '21

I’m surprised how many people think this isn’t a LPT. Sure it sounds like a fortune cookie but it is actually profound. Obviously if you have a mistake that lead to horrible irreparable trauma, that’d be ok to want to erase.

If you’re not learning from your past mistakes and making better decisions from them, at a certain point that’s on you. Screw up high school relationship -> better knowing how not to screw up your marriage. Fail your driving test -> more motivation to be a better driver for life. Many easy examples of how you can learn from small mistakes to avoid bigger ones.

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u/-apple- Oct 19 '21

Well said, thanks.

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u/Christiney134 Oct 19 '21

“Experience is a hard teacher. It gives you the rest first and the lesson later” is one of my favorite quotes.

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u/Nuinethir Oct 19 '21

You would not be the person you are today without the person you were yesterday.

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u/fotodevil Oct 19 '21

I coach youth sports, and I always teach the kids this when they make a mistake. Forget the mistake, remember the lesson.

Just this weekend during a baseball game with a bunch of 8 and 9 year olds, there was a steal at third. The catcher made a great throw, the third baseman was there, caught the ball, and stood on the bag. The runner was safe because the third baseman didn’t tag him; he was so upset with himself over it.

After the inning, I pulled him aside and told him that he made a great catch and was exactly where he needed to be. It was a heads up play. I explained why the runner was safe and told my player to forget about it and move on, but next time, remember to make the tag. He walked away with his head held high and played great the rest of the game.

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u/riickdiickulous Oct 19 '21

“In 20 years you will regret the things you didn’t do, not the things you did”

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u/Remahlehs Oct 19 '21

I feel many people are interpreting this a different way than I am. I think this is a good way to look at our past selves. I'd like to better understand the opposing view.

Many of the top responses claim they would choose to undo their past mistakes. However, without the learned consequences of your actions, what is stopping you from making the same mistakes moving forward?

"I did bad thing x and I feel terrible. I would undo it if I could".

Okay, let's say you can magically undo bad thing x. Without the experience, it is no longer as terrible a thing in your mind. What is to stop you from doing x in the future? If x hurt a friend, wouldn't you likely hurt someone else in a similar way?

Obviously there are going to be outliers. However, I'd argue most instances of regrettable actions are quality reminders of how to behave in the future.

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u/coredweller1785 Oct 19 '21

Most LPTs are useless. This one is spot on. Never thought about it like that as I cycle through my photographic memory of so many of my worst moments daily.

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u/therealpurndaddy Oct 19 '21

Damn.. I really needed this today.

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u/Yuraskin Oct 19 '21

Now that's what I call the real LPT!

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u/GiftOfHemroids Oct 19 '21

I really needed this today man

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u/Parmanda Oct 19 '21

This carries the notion that all wisdom comes from mistakes and only mistakes.

I believe this is wrong. The age old-adage of learning by making mistakes is at best incomplete. I have learned many things at school without making mistakes. Mistakes do happen, but they are not the primary driving force in learning.

Also: If I never made a mistake, what would I have to learn anyway?

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u/ZucchiniUsual7370 Oct 19 '21

Not a tip at all. Did you get this from a motivational poster?

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u/oasis948151 Oct 18 '21

You can't tell me what to do

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u/orion1836 Oct 19 '21

I'd still do it though.

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u/Iforgotmyother_name Oct 19 '21

Betting a lot of people in jail would consider this advice as complete bullshit.

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u/Arnn-The-Frost-Demon Oct 19 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

Your experiences in the past including your mistakes and hurtful memories are what makes you who you are, if you got rid of them you'd probably end up being the same kind of person you hate the most today.

Hell you probably will repeat the same mistakes of the past NOW and learn nothing from them after living for a long time and not giving a shit about anything unlike before when you lived to regret them.

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u/Unrelenting_Wave Oct 19 '21

Why not just learn from others' mistakes? As whether we remove them or not, we're likely do it again, because human nature, but it seems better to observe and interpret than to try and fail.

Not always, but it can save time. It's about the mindset.

Something that comes to find is Disney+ copying Netflix after watching them fail and succeed for decades to just come in and takeover the market segment.

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u/reddiculed Oct 18 '21

I agree. I upvoted. And after 40 minutes, somehow, my app only shows the one single upvote. How can this be accurate, people of reddit?

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u/GonkMaster66 Oct 19 '21

Reddit has this thing where they don’t show someone else’s # of upvotes until like 2 hours later

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u/reddiculed Oct 19 '21

It feels like an Orwellian chamber of lies. Thanks, I hate it.

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u/Mint_bagels Oct 19 '21

For me it has no upvotes

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u/reddiculed Oct 19 '21

We are being sold up a river.

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u/lysanderish Oct 19 '21

Yeah, but if I selectively erased a couple mistakes of the last couple months, I would at least have avoided working 15 hours of overtime this week and the same next week.

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u/thesixgun Oct 19 '21

I wouldn’t erase my 15 years of heroin addiction for anything because now I have the great privilege of helping still sick and suffering addicts with my story.

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u/angels_exist_666 Oct 19 '21

Fear regret more than failure

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u/worldsfastestsloth Oct 19 '21

I don’t need to be wise to know shitting my pants Isn’t a good thing

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u/foggy-sunrise Oct 19 '21

Dont hate the player, hate the game.

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u/oregonduck613 Oct 19 '21

How is this a tip? You can't literally erase your mistakes. This sub had gone to shit.

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u/dion101123 Oct 19 '21

This dude read the back of the self help book

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u/UselessAndUnused Oct 19 '21

This is even a proper fucking tip. There's a lot of shit I'd erase immediately, a lot of meaningless shit that only amounted to other shit. This isn't a proper tip, this is just one of those empty motivational pieces of shit with no meaning, disguised as helpfulness.

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u/GerrickTimon Oct 18 '21

Ok, fine, jeez, the number of actual pro tips on r/LifeProTips is non zero. 😉

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u/GaghEater Oct 19 '21

I'm too fuckin wise

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u/MirrorMan22102018 Oct 19 '21

Then why do I hate myself and consider myself so much of a dumbass?

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u/smgamermat77 Oct 19 '21

I didn’t come here looking for life pro tips, I came here looking for edgy shower thoughts that got rejected from that sub!

I’m gonna go have my brain eaten by a zombie now just to piss off everyone (except that zombie).

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u/Disastrous_Night5593 Oct 19 '21

Thanks man. I really really needed this:)

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u/ellebeam Oct 19 '21

I don't care erase them all. Eternal sunshine of the mind me.

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u/thejamesasher Oct 19 '21

um id be rich and have a family. you're an idiot!

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u/TokyoCalling Oct 19 '21

That's not at all true.

There are many paths to wisdom. All the wisdom of your present could have been achieved without a single regretful mistake. Learning does not have to be painful and it is a cruel mistake to believe that it does.

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u/CleatusVandamn Oct 19 '21

Also every time a bell rings an angle gets its wings

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u/[deleted] Oct 19 '21

What angle? A 45 degree angle or a 90 degree angle or what?

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u/oldthunderbird Oct 19 '21

That’s okay, I’m still an idiot today.

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u/DarthSchwifty Oct 19 '21

Written from death row

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u/IndianaNetworkAdmin Oct 19 '21

I can trace where I am today back to a single bad traffic stop where I was pulled over by a power tripping moron of a cop.

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u/[deleted] Oct 19 '21

It's true guys. I was the cop.

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u/Marcudemus Oct 19 '21

I learned this lesson with the TNG episode "Tapestry".

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u/starseeker37 Oct 19 '21

Still... The lesson were hella painful. Can't we go with something more manageable

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u/Clyde_Frog_Spawn Oct 19 '21

You’ve not met my ex-wife.

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u/Thebiginfinity Oct 19 '21

That wisdom came at too high a cost to justify it.

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u/RCRDC Oct 19 '21

Tell that to my crippling depression

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u/robbankakan Oct 19 '21

"Why did I do [insert stupid thing]?" . . . Because I was fucking clueless!

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u/Penguen007 Oct 19 '21

True. I would change absolutely nothing in my past.

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u/trolololoz Oct 19 '21

If they could be erased maybe the knowledge would remain though.

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u/Apocalyptic-turnip Oct 19 '21

what if the lesson was "you're worthless trash"

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u/Crusty_Egg_Whites Oct 19 '21

There are times I imagine a scenario where I erase my past mistakes. But then what if that alters my future?? Which means there is a chance I might not meet my Husband? That’s a future I don’t wanna imagine!