It has become a unique event when people have knowledge about multiple areas. I have observed this in working with people from other countries as well as with my close friends. Societally it seems we are taught that we should focus on one area and know it well. That is all that we are expected to know. If you are a mechanic you should know how to rebuild a transmission, but if you know nothing about gardening that is okay, because that is not 'your field'.
This to me is a way of convincing ourselves that we can stop being curious about the world and limit our gaze to that narrow slice of the world that is 'our field'. I challenge myself to investigate new disciplines regularly. It has allowed me to see how truly interconnected knowledge is and appreciate the gift of asking the simple questions of 'why' and 'how'.
I call this search the 'Terran Comedy' after the epic poem 'The Divine Comedy' by Dante Alighieri. I am not looking to investigate the divine, although that is something I enjoy, but am merely interested in the world in which I reside. I begin with confusion over a topic and subsequently offer what I discover to be an understanding. I welcome all to comment and offer their own insights.