"Npöadunama, udata idem ifiök (Wisdom is born of mishaps)" Two things converge in this Annang saying namely, how we know and the place of error or tragedy in human affairs. Philosophers have long agreed that one of the ways that we learn as humans is through experience and that making mistakes is part of being human. Jonathan Swift, the English satirist wrote that everyone makes mistakes and that is why erasers are put on pencils. Our forebears knew that we learn in all situations and that even what is regarded as less than ideal can be a learning experience. Perhaps this saying was employed in consoling individuals who experienced a loss, or it might have been employed in counseling people contemplating reactions and revenge. Whatever the use, the saying expresses something profound, that we are capable of learning in all situations if we pay attention. It communicates something worth noting and that is the fact that even what may be considered bad or tragic has a function and can be instructive.