A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing?
Call it the Hazard of Learning Little…
Alexander Pope said:
“A little learning is a dangerous thing.
Drink deep or taste not the Pierian Spring;
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again.”
“Pope is also renowned for being the third-most quoted English-language writer by The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, and the two couplets above are perhaps his most quoted lines.
The “little learning..”, or as commonly misquoted “little knowledge..”, is an excerpt from his monumental poem An Essay on Criticism. The poem discusses virtues and flaws which influence a sound criticism of a work of art. Pope was a great champion of…” [read more]
His argument is that “little learning” is a real hazard…
“Education does not stop with a high school or a college diploma – our knowledge gets quickly outdated. Without a continuing conscious education we cannot notice the minor, or understand the major problems that we individually or collectively have to face, not to mention coming up with lasting solutions. We need to “drink deep”, or never stop “learning to learn”, all for the betterment of, if not the world then at least of the things and people we value the most.”