The Chinese have a saying, 不經一事，不長一智, meaning that without experience, one cannot gain wisdom.
We have deceived ourselves by believing that we can learn how to live from books alone. But when faced with the real world, we find it far more complicated than the longest novel.
Life is long, hard, and slow. We would rather imbibe the lessons others have learned from their mistakes and live a smooth life. When we do, we grow proud of our intellectual ability and consequently fall.
Only then are we chastised and will set out once more on our journey to our dream existence, this time on the long road of experience.
Life is to be experienced.