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“BIG THOUGHTS ARE FREE”
The term “Renaissance man” has been liberally used to connote people with many talents or areas of knowledge. In fact, a more accurate definition relates to people who have acquired a profound knowledge in broad-based areas of life.
The above difference in definition is significant. Although many people have many talents, most are masters of none. Such people may more closely fit the definition of dilettante rather than Renaissance man.
The people of any age who acquire and demonstrate a profound knowledge in the intellectual, physical, social and artistic dimensions of life are indeed a select few. In the past, individuals like Zhang Heng, Isabella d’Este, Leonardo da Vinci, Akbar the Great, Benjamin Franklin, and Isaac Newton are prime examples. Their talents and knowledge not only covered many areas, their impact in those areas was influential, if not profound.
It is more difficult to categorize modern Renaissance men since one’s impact in a particular area takes time to gestate. But likely prospects include Winston Churchill, Dr. Maya Angelou, and Steve Jobs.
After reading Mark Axelrod’s provocative and passionate account of the life of Milan Panić in Big Thoughts Are Free, I venture to add an authentic example of another modern Renaissance man. In Milan Panić we discover a multi-faceted man whose impacts in the intellectual, physical, social, and artistic areas of life know no bounds. ← ix | x →
As an intellectual, Milan...
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