Fandango’s Provocative Question #96: DEPTH OR BREADTH?
“We live in a fast moving information age where we are bombarded with, and sometimes overwhelmed by, the many things that we see, read, and hear. We try to keep ourselves informed and up to date as we sort through the myriad information we are exposed to. However, this comes at a cost, in that, while we may know a little about a lot, what we know about any given subject, may be limited. The old expression “Jack of all trades, master of none” illustrates this interesting dichotomy of how we view knowledge.”
We may view knowledge that way, but I don’t. I think most of us are genius enough to be master of all knowledge, but also, most of us have a deep knowledge of a few things, areas where we feel established and capable. Along with that we have a bunch more areas about which we know less, but would be interested in learning more. And a bunch of things we either can’t master, don’t care to master, or haven’t encountered yet. There’s a lot of stuff going on in this world and we only know a small piece of it.
A lot of people know a lot more than me in every way (they were probably better students that I was, too!), and in some areas, I know a lot more than I thought I did. Interesting how knowledge collects. I think no knowledge, however gained, goes to waste. As some point in your life, everything you learned will get taken out storage, dusted off, and resurrected.