At 2:18 AM +0100 4/28/05, Tom Pullman wrote:
>Dennis King wrote:
>> But what does "everyone is ignorant of the craft of another"
>> imply in the way of wisdom or good advice??
>There are several ways you can read it, aren't there? One is "don't
>think you're great just because you're good at one thing". Another is
>"don't think you're useless just because there's one thing somebody else
>is better at than you". Yet another is as an expression of the common
>feeling of bewilderment one gets overhearing a conversation between
>advanced practitioners of some field other than one's own.
Compare Thomas Aquinas' "Timeo hominem unius libri", usually taken to mean
"the single-minded practitioner is a formidable adversary" (because he is
well-versed in his field) and sometimes taken to mean "beware the fanatic."
But this is perhaps opposed to the Irish proverb; at least not parallel.
(I have a T-shirt with the adaptation "Timeo hominem unius linguae.")