And- the only way to get experience is to do the work. Everyone starts as a rookie, in just about everything. We have freshman stages at all stages of life, even as we age. To a degree, beginner’s mind is one of the best things to have- especially if we can continually cultivate it even as we do gain experience. Not arguing your point. You could make a pretty good argument that too much experience actually gets in our way (as in, “I’ve been doing that for 45 years.” That may be true, but if someone has been doing it wrong or badly for 45 years, sure that’s experience, but how valuable?) Part of gaining experience is to learn how build a beginner’s mind and clear out the detritus of assumptions based on experience. Or, you could legitimately argue that someone has years of experience but isn’t capable of adapting to different and challenging situations, a brand new world, all kinds of things. It’s a fun topic. For my part, as I was responding to this particular example, having been a Federal lobbyist myself, I welcome the greatest diversity in this body. It’s sorely needed. All we had to do is look at old white men who, behind closed doors, determined health policies for women. Still makes me so fucking angry that I could spit. So, I welcome more diversity, more youth. Everyone gets a chance to pay their dues to get that experience. How they use it, well, that’s another story. Thanks for your comment.

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