"Know something about everything and everything about something"
My heroes are Polymaths. Polymaths are the people who have strived to know something about everything and very often everything about one thing...
which is probably impossible in the Internet Age.
According to Wikipedia, "The expression derived from the ideal in Renaissance Humanism that it was possible to acquire a universal learning in order to develop one's potential that covered both the arts and the sciences without necessarily restricting this learning to the academic fields."
Most people would recognise people like Leonardo da Vinci, Aristotle, Isaac Newton, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Schweitzer, Umberto Eco and Isaac Asimov as Polymaths.
I found THIS fabulous BBC article that highlighted some interesting points.
-genuine Polymaths don't show off
-the title is given not self appointed
-they refuse to be pigeon-holed
-the competition is much greater now in the Information Age
"One argument is that a polymath is not a state of being,
but a state of becoming."
I love that!
"Being a polymath is not what one knows now,
but what one desires to know;
not a matter of intelligence,
but a matter of intellectual and creative ambition and curiosity."
I was reading about HOWARD BLOOM (The Lucifer Principle, Global Brain) who abandoned a life as an Academia Nut and became a PR Guru in the music biz. He cashed out and is writing and lecturing to students about putting the BIG PICTURE together.
He summed up his mission in a Psychology Today interview with Nando Pelusi.
"I'm trying to get them to put emotion, passion, and reason all together. I'm trying to get them to use ART as one antenna, SCIENCE as another antenna, to feel out the darkness."
The BBC article noted that perhaps we need Polymaths now more than ever to organise all of the information swirling above our heads in cyberspace.
I certainly want to find more of these creatures. More than anything, I desire to see how they combine all of this data (0's & 1's) and turn it into something that I can mentally digest. I will call that place my Oasis of Homeostasis.
I like to believe that most Bloggers are genuinely curious about the BIG Picture and perhaps better informed than the great unwashed. Personally, I no longer feel like a mushroom sitting in the dark covered in sh*t. Although you must use caution, because anyone can say anything about anything out here.
Don't you think that most bloggers become polymaths? Aren't we discovering something about everything by reading and absorbing the collective knowledge of others?
Before I check out, it is imperitive that I have a workable cosmology that I can hand to my children and say, "This is what I found out..now You're it!"
Aren't you empowering your inner polymath whenever you read your favorite blogs?