The zahir - Shouldn't we learn from our past and move forward? Paulo coelho writes in his book "The zahir" that if at some point in our life we seem to have got bored with it or have reached our...

The zahir - Shouldn't we learn from our past and move forward?

Paulo coelho writes in his book "The zahir" that if at some point in our life we seem to have got bored with it or have reached our  limits, then the best for us would be to review our past and find that particular point where we went wrong. Further, he adds it's better to forget our personal past and get a new birth. But is it possible to do that and is it ok to just forget those wonderful times(even if they were hard times)? Shouldn't we learn from our past and move forward? 

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I think I agree as well. A complete break with one's past seems like nothing more than a conceit, a conceptual notion that works on paper but not in reality. 

We can metaphorically begin again. We can't actually begin again. This, to me, is where the answer to the question really lies. We should remember and learn from our past, because this is the only real option (unless we somehow fail to learn any lessons through reflection on our lives). 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I strongly agree.  I have sought to reinvent myself several times in my life, and it is always when I feel like I have hit a wall.  I came to determine that my life was not going in the direction I wanted it to.  I do think we can be reborn, figuratively.  This comes with new relationships, new jobs, relocating, and even new hobbies.  This is the great thing about life: you can always change.

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suzannah304 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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THANKS, for your opinions..

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