they might be “giants”
February 23, 2017
Newton coined the expression standing on the shoulder of giants. With the advent of the Internet I think this could be extended by adding goblins and gnomes to giants.
Aside from what to do, I think you can also learn from what NOT to do. Hence the term goblins. I’ve always felt you can gain from people what to emulate and what to avoid. Granted some of this may be repetitious but sometimes lessons need to be repeated to ensure they are drilled in thoroughly.
I subscribe to the wisdom of the crowd and individual empowerment. You can also build upon ideas of people who might not be considered as giants in their field – that’s why I use the term gnome to highlight the contrast. An idea may be good despite its origin. Admittedly, we are more likely to learn from “experts” (being a teacher in a former life, it would be hypocritical to think otherwise). That said, we also need to be open and allow cross-pollination from other disciplines or differing opinions. All ideas must be given a fair chance.
The original quote will always be valid but IMHO it can do with an adaption to our times.