A recent, very poignant, article in The Observer reminded me of the importance of inclusivity in our wider communities (which often means anyone beyond our tiny islands of immediate family). All too often, as is anecdotally reported, women over 40 are feeling increasingly isolated and invisible. And if they have children and or are single, deletion from society seems to accelerate.
So said John Ruskin in On Art and Life, 1859. I find it an inspirational reminder that hard work and dedication are not lost causes, particularly in these days when so many become famous for so little.
Spending half a day in the Louvre, on the one day a month it is free to enter the museum, I was SHOCKED at the way people were looking at the art, particularly the Mona Lisa.
Webster’s defines polymath as knowing much, a person of great and diversified learning.
A recent issue of Intelligent Life asked if these are “The last days of the polymath?” I don’t think they are. Because after reading the article, the light bulb came on. I’m an amateur polymath. And I know quite a few others.