I saw this picture at Reddit. Based on what I’ve seen on the Internet, I think the sign is legit. If more sports venues were reasonable like this, I’d take my family to a lot more events.
I suspect that every person can concentrate on one particular area, develop a ridiculous amount of expertise in that area, then make a living/killing out of it. The trick is two-fold: (1) Finding an area that you can, indeed, master. If I, for instance, were to decide to master basketball, I would never play in the NBA, much less dominate it. The chosen area has to be within reach, so the selection requires a degree of self-awareness, which involves a measure of humility. (2) Dedicate a lot of time and energy to it, largely to the exclusion of other things you might rather be doing. This, too, requires a dose of humility: putting aside your own interests in pursuit of something else. “In the intellectual order,” Simone Weil pointed out, “the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.
With that in mind, I set out a year ago to master Albert Jay Nock. Now, to master Nock, I needed to master other things: the 1920s, the New Deal, WWI, U.S. history, anarchism. And on and on. So my “narrow” field of expertise kind of broadened, which was fine. Time consuming, but fine. The real problem, of course, is that I lack the necessary humility, so my studies into Nock have been derailed repeatedly over the past six months. footnote
But what glory might await a person who wisely selects his subject and sticks to it! Actually, I don’t know what glories await such a man. My hunch is, ridicule awaits such a man: … Read the rest