The Coolest Way to Be Cool

I used to know a guy who could identify every single type of palm tree that there is. I found this delightful. Before him, I’d never given palm trees much thought. I didn’t even realize there was more than one kind. Of course there are. Why wouldn’t there be? It’s just that they weren’t on my radar. I’m grateful they were on his.

If you’re hoping to be considered unique, then I suggest you pick one, very narrow topic, and then learn all there is to learn about it. For instance, it would make my day to meet someone who is an expert on snails. I’d be fascinated to talk to someone who has delved deep into the realm of the common paper clip. I bet there’s a history behind the humble hammock, not to mention the humble hummock, which, come to think of it, curves itself the opposite way.

In this electronic age, it’s easy to have a passing knowledge of just about anything. We’ve become very lazy that way. But to hone in on one thing and really explore everything about that thing shows dedication, determination, and fascination. When I come across one of the rare birds who do this, and who are so often misunderstood, I usually think they are beautiful, indeed.

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4 thoughts on “The Coolest Way to Be Cool

  1. Angiportus Librarysaver

    I’ve got several dozen favorite subjects. Don’t get me started. Especially since I’m not at all sure I know that much about most of them. Bridges like yours, e.g., I probably know more than most other folks on a given bus, but I’m not so sure abt a given town–especially the higher math part. And I can’t necessarily remember all I’ve read or observed. But it keeps me out of bigger mischief.
    But it seems to me from here that everything I get into sooner or later leads to the unknown. Now that’s cool.

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