Oprah Winfrey is a world-renowned T.V personality and philanthropist. She is one of the richest and most influential women globally. She has inspired millions of individuals who want to break gender and racial stereotypes and earn success for themselves. This is yet another wonderful saying from Oprah, but it remains open to different interpretations due to lack of awareness about the existential reality in our human world. In all humility, I would like to add my two cents to make this quote practicable by explaining it according to the humanistic
Passion is something that should always be pursued. But, the problem is there is no one to tell what the passion of a human being is. Every human being wants to be just and fair, productive and useful, truthful and authentic. These are the universally applicable passions and creating a society that can allow every human being to fulfill them is the need. Excitement on the other hand is just dopamine release, it is not happiness, it is not passion. It is not even a permanent feeling. It disappears after a while. Do not confuse passion or happiness with excitement.
Oprah Winfrey is amongst the most influential women globally. Breaking gender and racial obstacles, she climbed to the top. Through her work and philanthropic activities, she changed the lives of millions of people in the US and around the globe. In this quote, she’s right about learning from the bad experiences but the quote is incomplete as it does not tell how to turn wounds into wisdom.
Wounds or setbacks cause pain merely because of an incomplete understanding of the existential reality. We are considering the emotional aspect and not the physical aspect of the wound. Painful experiences (wounds) can enhance one’s wisdom given the reason for the wound is understood, the reasoning is given a 360-degree view, and clarity of view is established. Every human being has a right to commit a mistake and always has an opportunity to rectify the same in future.