Nebo – ChasingFoxes – Page 6

In the book, The Little Prince (Antoine de StExupery), the prince meets a fox who begs to be tamed. The fox goes on to explain that to tame is to establish ties: To me, you are still still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world...” I like to write about what has tamed me and I draw inspiration frequently from books.

The Greek poet Archilochus, once wrote, the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Since then, the line has been interpreted in different ways. It was used by Isaiah Berlin in 1953 to classify philosophers into two categories hedgehogs, who tend to view the world through a single organising principle and foxes, who seek understanding of the world through many connected, and sometimes contradicting, lines of thought. In the business world, the relative success of the specialist hedgehog versus the generalist fox as an employee and leader has been debated. I strongly identify with being a Fox. Although I studied human physiology in university, my interests also spanned literature, psychology, history, and languages. Professionally, I work as a research & development scientist in a biotechnology company in Vancouver BC. This website is my R&D project outside of work a platform to learn, create, and explore.

I hope you enjoy what you see here.