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March 20, 2005

So you're good at something? Well there's someone better.

Just as starting university shattered any beliefs I had about being anything special academically, a post form Catallarchy discusses the role of increased global-connectedness on our perception of ability and the day to day comparisons we make.

Our personal worlds are vastly larger than at any previous time in human history. Our population is much higher, and we are exposed to the best of the best of this huge pool of talent. This can be hard on one’s self-esteem. The person who used to be able to take pride in being the best of their acquaintance at something is now humbled by comparison with the best of their state, nation, and world.

Full article here

It's great that we have news of & access to the works of those who're at the top of their game; from the world of academia, to the world of music. A dent in our ego is surely a small price to pay. These developments should reduce the duplication of effort in some areas, increase the resources from which inspiration can be drawn whilst acting as a spur for further and more rapid progress on the whole.


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