Stop all the clocks,…
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;…–W. H. Auden
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EXPERT: One who usually has advanced knowledge AND skills in a field and who UNDERSTANDS technical language and information in that field. (He or she handles THEORY and practical applications with ease.)
PROFESSIONAL (non-expert): One who has the education and the ability to read and to understand difficult and technical information in a field. (She or he is able to handle practical information and applications with some ease.)
GENERALIST: A person with a broad general knowledge, especially one with more than superficial knowledge in several areas and the ability to combine ideas from diverse fields.
HUMANIST: Someone trained in the humane letters of the ancient classics, who uses those skills, or studies the humanities as opposed to the sciences.
SOCIALIST: A socialist is one who believes in “socialism” yet finds it difficult to define “socialism.” (There are “socialists,” and then there are “socialists.”) (One who collects monthly Social [-ist] Security income checks and complains only about the amount.)
THEORIST: One who formulates principles or assumptions into some kind of system for understanding, whether scientific or not, or who attempts to provide explanations for “wonderosities” or “events.”
REALIST: One who deals with objective data, “just the facts”; one who “sees” practicalities, using the past and the present to extrapolate for the future.
IDEALIST: One who is not usually a pragmatist/realist, but is one who cherishes noble, often “ideal” principles. Sometimes the idealist is seen as a visionary reformer, optimist, dreamer, perfectionist, and “romantic” with lofty goals–often impracticalities.
PLAGIARIST: One who dishonestly presents words or thoughts of another as if they were those of the writer or the speaker himself or herself.
OPTIMIST: Someone who always seems to believe that good things will happen, seeing the brightness of the half-full glass, most often taking a favorable view of dire situations while predicting positive outcomes.
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In 1989, at Stockholm, the 18th Congress of the Socialist International adopted a new Declaration of Principles, saying: Democratic socialism is an international movement for freedom, social justice, and solidarity. Its goal is to achieve a peaceful world where these basic values can be enhanced and where each individual can live a meaningful life with the full development of his or her personality and talents, and with the guarantee of human and civil rights in a democratic framework of society.” [–Wikipedia]
Wonderful post, James! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. =)
I do like hearing from you–and wonder what delicious morsels will come my way from your site. 😍
Thank you, James, for the huge compliment. =) I am humbled.