For the entire month of June I’m planning on writing a series of blog-a-day posts based on a set series of open-ended questions to myself. This is one of those posts.
June 22nd // Something You Want To Understand
We live in a singularly unique and strange time in the history of ‘Knowing and Understanding Things.’ I can ask myself at any given moment, what is something I want to understand and — assuming I have access to, or enough patience to find access to, a web-connected device of some kind — I can have almost always have nearly instant gratification of my curiosity. We live in the age of information. And there is virtually nothing I cannot think of that defies at least some rudimentary answer or basic understanding.
Or, so one might think.
The thing is, these bits of understanding, averaged out, are so fundamentally shallow that sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between true understanding of something and the glossed-over, elevator-speech, two-bit, cliff-noted, i-think-i-can, self-esteem version of something. Is there a difference? I think so.
I’ve got a list of things. Though, I write “list,” and immediately think: the list is not what is important. The ‘what’ of it is not important. The details are not the point here. What I am getting at is deeper than just the ‘what’ of the “list” or anything I could share here, now, at this moment, in this post. See, the point of these 30-days-of-questions-and-answers thing is grab the particulars of a moment out of the air and get a sense of what I am thinking, here, now, so that in the future, when someone is reading this, anyone, it is essentially a snapshot of my reality. And while I could piece together a list of of things that match the criteria so vaguely outlined in the previous post, what is really the point of this post is to get a sense that what I want to understand is not a particular ‘something’ — this, that, or anything I could Google-search or Wikipedia-hunt at this moment and get a gleaning, shallow, glimpse of understanding — but ‘something’ deeper that I’d like to sink my teeth into firmly, resolutely, and know past that level of rudimentary answer and vague understanding.
Expertise. Wisdom. Knowledge. Get it? I’d like to.