It’s 2014! A New Year, a time for resolutions, reinventions, and reformations. Or, at least, anything that starts with R. I’m not a huge proponent for making New Year’s Resolutions; however, I did resolve to start the blog I’ve been nattering about.
Deciding on a name for this blog was rather difficult. I am a writer but ‘writer’ doesn’t begin to cover all my interests; which are many and varied. No, I needed something more. I liked the idea of Renaissance Woman and looked up renaissance in the dictionary. The fourth definition I found bore a close resemblance to the thought I wished to convey: a renewal of life, vigor, interest, etc.; rebirth, revival (more “R” words). And yet, it still didn’t feel right.
Google gave me the word ‘Polymath’. Polymath is defined as “a person whose experience spans a significant number of different subject areas: such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.” I learned that Polymath is applied to great thinkers of the Renaissance as well as the Golden Age of Islam. Leonardo da Vinci is considered a polymath; so are Omar Khayyam and Hildegard of Bingen.
I learned the term Polymath is used interchangeably with Polyhister and, while both terms seemed a more apt description of what I wanted to do with my blog, neither “Polymath Woman” nor “Polyhister Woman” rolled easily off the tongue. Fortunately, as I continued to read through Wikipedia’s entry on Polymath, I learned that Renaissance Man had been used to mean Polymath in early 20th century. Now thoroughly educated, and relieved I wasn’t stuck with polyhister, I settled on a title for my blog.
I imagine I’ll post an eclectic mix of writing, but the posts will always be about something that interests me. I also imagine yours and my opinions will often differ: I thank God for it. Imagine how boring life would be if everyone thought the same! I welcome comments and the opportunity to learn from all of you something I would not have seen on my own. However, let’s please keep it civil. I understand opinions won’t always coincide but let’s not belittle others for not seeing something the way we think they should.
Again, welcome! I look forward to 2014. The new year is full of possibilities.
P.S. Just for fun: here’s a quote from Robert A. Heinlein that sums up a polymath:
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
Time Enough for Love (1973)