Are we too specialized (professionally, ideologically, culturally)?

Much lip service has been paid to "specialization" in the professional sphere in recent years. This term is often couched in professional terms, referencing in-depth knowledge of a particular field, such as logistics, or finance, or retail sales. And one of the most common ways to define one's self professionally is through "lingo," terms of art used within an industry which are unknown to those outside that profession.

Yet specialization appears to be creeping into other facets of life. We find ourselves oftentimes unable to communicate effectively with those of a different religion, a different political party, a different culture. We might think, "I am a Christian, so a Muslim cannot understand me and I cannot understand him." Terms and concepts increasingly do not translate across the ideological divide any better than they do between various professions.

We need a new renaissance in that people take interests outside their own discreet specialty and assume broader roles in their communities. Skill sets of critical thinking, ethical behavior, and pursuit of the common good translate across this divide. We ought to be reminded of our commonalities, rather than our differences.

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