By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by experience, which is the bitterest; and third, by imitation, which is easiest.
Imagine for a moment that you are planning to take a vacation to an exotic and mysterious country, and you have saved money your entire life to travel there. It is a destination with almost unlimited choices as to how to spend your time, and you know you will not have enough time to explore every opportunity. You are fairly certain that you will never get to take a second trip to this destination; this will be your only opportunity.
Now imagine that someone informs you that several ...