Well-Roundedness vs. Mastery

September 15, 2008

Being well-rounded entitles a certain amount of ignorance. There are no masters of anything anymore, barely even advocates. Well-roundedness brings about a lot of talk and no action. A lot of knowing and no wisdom. Personally, I have more respect for a man who has mastered the art of woodcarving through years of experience than one who has his PHD from Harvard or Yale. Years of dedication to one craft or idea is worth more than a piece of paper given to one by a university for giving them $50,000 a year and deciding to show up for class. 

What happened to the days where people knew how to do things? You have no idea how much I’d love to be a shipwright or even a glassblower. I propose a revolution of the craftsman and a reinstallation of the apprentice system into society. 

But it boils right back down to the fact we are consumers, not humans. We don’t know because we don’t have to. Everything is brought to us from who knows were, made by people who are still human. You know, they say it will be a sad day when the humans are slaves to robots, well that day is today.

Knowledge = Power; Mastery = Wisdom


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