Taking Tea in the Kasbah

Last week’s Would You Rather asked y’all to decide which body-altering process you would prefer to wake up to with no knowledge of the previous night’s shenanigans – a new piercing or a new tattoo? The tally of responses was even for each option with about half of the commenters selecting the piercing option (because it could be easily removed and sounded less painful overall) and the other half choosing to get a tattoo provided that it was a design of their choice and in a location of their choice (yes and yes).

A few people even dared to share their tattoo ideas. A couple of commenters were leaning towards a butterfly adorning the shoulder. Another commenter mentioned having her tattoo design somehow related to her books. And then there was the commenter who debated the merits of getting a crown on her keister vs. a rashΒ ring of grapes around her ankle.

Inventive and clever responses. As always.

And now on to this week’s question:

Would you rather

know a few things about everything

– OR –

know everything about a few things?

photo credit: radioher via photopin cc

I could find a thing or two to learn in here. photo credit: radioher via photopin cc


So, intelligent and wise readers, which will you choose? An abundance of knowledge focused on just a few things? Or a knowledge base that is wide but doesn’t go very deep on any one subject? Pull up a pillow, have some tea, and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from you.

20 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Would You Rather: Vast & Shallow vs Deep & Narrow

  1. In everyday life, it would be more practical to know a little about a lot of things. Unfortunately, being the perfectionist that I am, I don’t think that would be very satisfying. So, I will have to cast my vote for the deep and narrow route, knowing most everything about a few things. Heck, that’s what’s Google’s for … looking up all that stuff we don’t know. πŸ˜‰

    • Google solves many of life’s little dilemmas, doesn’t it? It’s hard for me to remember when I had to be content to not have an answer to a burning question the moment I had it. πŸ™‚

  2. on ,
    Gloria Richard said:

    I’m going for the bit of knowledge on a wide range of topics, Tami. Why? Well, I feel it would give me an even better way to engage in conversation with people I know, and strangers I chat up at random if they hit their walking pause button while they’re in my vicinity.

    Yes. I do that. Ask that Sherry Isaac woman how many times she’s had to wait for me while I chatted up a new best friend, learned their life story, and made us trot versus walk to a scheduled appointment.

    • I hadn’t realized it until you wrote out your answer, but you are so much like my friend and officemate. She can talk up anyone anywhere about any number of subjects. If she weighs in here, I’d bet she’ll choose the wide range of topics for the very reasons you did. Now I’m wondering if the choices will be divided along introvert/extrovert lines. Thanks for bringing this accidental sociological study to light.

  3. Tami, where do you come up with this, er, fodder?

    That’s a tough one, because a few things about everything would mean I have knowledge I would be perfectly content without knowing. Could I live a life of contentment not knowing a single, gross detail about how mossy green mould encompassed my whole grain loaf of bread seemingly overnight?

    You bet your vast library of knowledge I could.

    And yet, to know a everything about a few things would mean I’d have to select a limited number of topics. My interests are too varied (chaotic, eclectic, eccentric) to pick only a few, so I’d have to go with a few things about everything.

    • on ,
      Gloria Richard said:

      EXCELLENT choice, Sherry. You have passed the final barrier in joining my “Chat Up Posse.”

      My C.U.P. was in dire need of a saucy, freckled, redhead.

    • Some of the fodder comes from my noggin’, some from the actual game, some from the interwebz, and on occasion, I consult with the 13 year-old.

      Yeah, there are some things I’m better off not knowing. Green mo(u)ld growing overnight on bread is one of them. What makes a fart so stinky is another. Basically any gross body function of any living creature is not needed knowledge for me. If I truly do have a finite amount of space on the ol’ hard drive in my head, I’d rather not fill it with stuff that grosses me out.

  4. Deep and narrow. And then I would probably surround myself with a vast number of other deep and narrow people. We’d help each other out πŸ™‚

    • Great strategy, Suzanne! A collective of people with knowledge deep and narrow. Like google, except with real live people. πŸ™‚

  5. I have to go with knowing everything about a few things. As much as I like to sample a wide variety of cool stuff, I like to be the best I can be at the things that matter most to me. But that doesn’t mean I can’t change things up every now and then by adding a new thing to dive into πŸ™‚

    • You’ve found a loophole I hadn’t anticipated, Mike – interchangeable deep and narrow topics. Way to keep it fresh. πŸ™‚

  6. If we only know a lot about a few things, people might smush our faces in the sand when we go to the beach and refuse to save a drowning person because we’re bending the ears of all horrified surrounding persons by explaining the life cycles and procreation data of pertinent sea life and maybe someone would wipe us out because we were so stupid yet so brilliant about everything that didn’t matter at that particular moment in time. You think?

    • Hmmm… you pose an important question, Jodi. I, for one, would hope that our fellow human beings wouldn’t be so harsh and judgmental on those of us who opted to know a lot about a few things just as I would hope that anyone who was physically able to do so would jump in and save a drowning person despite the depth of their knowledge base. But that’s just my opinion. Now I’m wondering if this means you’re choosing to go with knowing a little bit about a lot of things…

  7. Hmm, interesting…
    I’m going with “a little about everything” because I’ve said many times this is one of things I love about the type of work I do (although it technically doesn’t involve ‘everything’) and it keeps me interested to keep learning about new things.
    But I do like Mike’s approach too.
    For the purposes of your psych experiment: I’m borderline I and E.

    • A little about everything does lend itself to continuous learning about so many things. I have so many things I want to learn more about (or just start learning about), that it sometimes blows my mind just thinking about it.

      And thanks for the introvert/extrovert info. Good to know. πŸ™‚

  8. on ,
    Brinda said:

    I like the idea of knowing a few things about everything. Then you can keep learning more about the subjects that interest you. If you knew EVERYTHING about a subject, my brain would explode. Additionally, no one like a Know-it-all. lol

    • So true – no one likes a know-it-all. I can’t even fathom knowing everything about a certain subject. My brain would explode as well. πŸ™‚

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