Are you a hedgehog or a fox?

While only scraps of the ancient Greek poems written by Archilochus have survived, what is left still resonates with us today. One fragment says: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Scholars have argued about the meaning of these brief words. A common view is that the fox, for all his cunning, is defeated by the hedgehog’s one defence. In other words – depth beats breadth every time. If anything, this is truer in the 21st century than it was in the 7th century BC.

Jonathan Greenwold, 02 December 2020

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