EXPE'RIENCE, noun [Latin experientia, from experior, to try; ex and ant. perior; Gr. to attempt, whence pirate. Eng. to fare.The Latin periculum, Eng. peril, are from the same root. We see the root of these words is to go, to fare, to drive, urge or press, to strain or stretch forward.
1. Trial, or a series of trials or experiments; active effort or attempt to do or to prove something, or repeated efforts. A man attempts to raise wheat on moist or clayey ground; his attempt fails of success; experienceproves that wheat will not flourish on such a soil. He repeats the trial, and his experience proves the same fact. A single trial is usually denominated an experiment; experience may be a series of trials, or the result of such trials.
2. Observation of a fact or of the same facts or events happening under like circumstances.
3. Trial from suffering or enjoyment; suffering itself; the use of the senses; as the experience we have of pain or sickness. We know the effect of light, of smell or of taste by experience We learn the instability of human affairs by observation or by experience We learn the value of integrity by experience Hence,
4. Knowledge derived from trials, use, practice, or from a series of observations.
25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. 26 He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore.
That which is true for the virtues is true also for knowledge. As each virtue begets other virtues, and begets knowledge, so each sort of knowledge begets another. One virtue produces another and sustains it, and the same is true of knowledge. Fr. (St.) Justin Popovich
WHEN WE GIVE CHILDREN ADVICE OR INSTANT SOLUTIONS, WE DEPRIVE THEM OF THE EXPERIENCE THAT COMES FROM WRESTLING WITH THEIR OWN PROBLEMS