There is no objective to learning than to benefit from it. I have seen some people who have become so arrogant after reading a dozen of books that they insult and ignore their elders as well as take their colleagues lightly.
Others despise them like enemies and vicious birds. As a result, they harm themselves with learning, and it would have been better if they had not learned at all.
In ancient times, people learned for themselves, their goal was to make up for their shortcomings. People today learn for the sake of others, and can only talk the talk, while learners in ancient times learned for the sake of others, putting theories into practice in order to benefit the world. On the other hand, people today learn for their own sake in that they take advanced studies in hopes of getting promotions and salaries.
Learning is just like planting trees. In spring, one appreciates the flowers, and in autumn, one reaps the fruits; lectures and discussions are just like spring flowers, while practice and action are like autumn fruits.
* A measurement of weight where one dan equals approximately 31 kilograms.