I was depressed today until I re-read this old post that showed up in the stats. When I read the comments they brought happy tears to my eyes.

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The comments reminded me that we all have something to give. Something to donate to the conversation. I'd like it if you re-read this post once more. Just because I think we need to understand how important a well rounded education is... And if you like what we've collectively said would you pass it along to new readers?


West Texas through the eye of an Olympus EP-2.


  1. You can learn more about lighting by speeding an afternoon looking at the paintings of Johannes Vermeer than 6 months of reading David Hobby.

    With my Hollywood background, I've always been fascinated by chiaroscuro. For me, I can learn more from paintings, than I can from studying old photographs. YMMV.

    Studying history and literature will inform you work. Studying gear won't.

  2. "Listen carefully.
    Every collaborator who enters our orbit brings with him or her a world more strange and complex than any we could ever hope to imagine. By listening to the details and the subtlety of their needs, desires, or ambitions, we fold their world onto our own. Neither party will ever be the same."


  3. “Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill

    And to end with another Churchill quote: “My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.” That's why I read your blog.

  4. I somehow missed this post when it originally appeared. I'm glad you re-posted it, not least because it echoes my own thoughts about the lacunae in modern education. Tom Barry

  5. "One of the weaknesses of young, highly educated people today--whether in business, medicine of government--is that they are satisfied to be versed in one narrow speciality and affect contempt for the other areas." (Peter Drucker from "The Effective Executive").

  6. Your May 2012 post, which I greatly appreciated, reminded me at the time of one of Saul's themes in Voltaire's Bastards. That modern society has evolved into one where specialists are granted all the power, or at least authority, and generalists are considered unfit to comment or contribute in any field in which a specialist works. Which is every field. And yet the generalists have the perspective. Breadth vs depth.

  7. Kirk, whenever you feel depressed just remind yourself that your blog has lifted the spirits and motivation of people all around the world and that your ability to do that is amazing.

    I've reread your old post it's a timely reminder that just like a 24hrs news cycle we now have a 24hr politics, history, art and memory cycle. It is up to all of us to emphasise the importance of continuous broad based learning whatever your age and absorbing the wisdom and knowledge of great thinkers and artists of the past and present - and may be leaving behind something longer lasting than a tweet or instagram.

    If you ever get to Australia I would be honoured to shout you a beer or coffee.


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