In the book, The Little Prince (Antoine de St. Exupery), 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 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…” On this site are my thoughts about the things that have tamed me.
The Greek poet Archilochus once wote, “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 though 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. Professionally, I am a scientist at a biotech company in Vancouver BC. This website is my R&D outside of work to explore writing about what’s important to me.
I hope you enjoy what you see here.