In the Jewish Torah many ways to live are written about. It contains wisdom, truth, and realization. Learning and understanding are delved into.
The important lesson is that one has to find one’s own path, your own self, and your own journey. However, peeking at others’ journeys is not discouraged. Doing so can be expanding, often times putting your own experiences into perspective. It gives you a yardstick by which you can compare yourself. When going through an ordeal the words of some ancient writer pop into your mind and you think “oh, that’s what was meant.”