29 April 2006

Leonardo Da Vinci on Theory

"He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast." Leonardo Da Vinci

Which is more important? Theory? Practice?

In a place like Hong Kong, people seldom care about theory, they just care about results. If the action produces profits, then implementation immediately begins. Theory? Who cares? Instead of spending time trying to understand it, they just do it. Time waits for no man. If it fails, then they take it as a lesson, as long as it is calculated risk. If it succeeds, then they gain. Theory? Why waste time on things that have no direct relationships with results?

Then why still theory? It is for record purpose. When something is labeled as a theory, people will at least pay attention to it. If they find it interesting and applicable to their practical world, they will remember it.

A theory is developed when a topic has gone through enough trial and error and eventually proved to be working.


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