Last week y’all weighed the merits of having an abundance of knowledge about a few topics (deep and narrow) against the merits of having a little knowledge about a large number of things (vast and shallow). At last tally, far more of you chose to go the vast and shallow route than the deep and narrow avenue primarily because it left the door open to lifelong learning and allowed for a continued feeding of one’s curiosity of the world. Also, the vast and shallow option seemed to be more appealing to those who liked to chat it up with unsuspecting strangers in line at the coffee shop or walking down the street.
Those who chose the deep and narrow path had ingenious ways to get around what at first glance seemed to be the limiting factor with this option. One person decided to occasionally change up the topics of interest to keep things fresh and interesting. Another method involved surrounding oneself with other deep and narrow people so that you could be exposed to a variety of topics beyond your chosen few.
Kasbah readers are so innovative and forward thinking. Well done all of you.
I decided to go with vast and shallow for the many reasons listed in the comments. My interests are too varied, and truth be told, I am inclined to follow the whims of my ever-changing moods. While I’d love to be super knowledgable about some things, I don’t think I would be happy being pinned down to just a few topics.
And now for this week’s question:
Would you rather
go back in time and meet your ancestors
– OR –
go forward in time and meet your great, great-grandchildren?
We’re time traveling again, intrepid readers! Which way will you go? Will you take a leap back to have a chat with your long deceased relatives? Or will you zoom forward and grab the chance to hang out with your Mini Me descendants? Ponder it a moment and then share your thoughts. I always love to hear from you.