The Hedgehog and the Fox
“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”
The Philosopher Isaiah Berlin, drawing on a line from the Ancient Greek poet Achilocus, wrote a famous essay in 1953 entitled “The Hedgehog and the Fox.” The basic idea is that the fox has a variety of interests; the hedgehog has one stubborn idea.
On this blog, I follow my interest wherever it takes me (like a fox) while always writing in the service of The One Big Thing (like a hedgehog).
What’s that One Big Thing? You’ll have to read to find out.