I've been thinking a lot about mastery lately. Mastering ideas, concepts, or skills, to reach a high level, or new insights.

I think of mastery per se as a worthy goal, but a friend has argued that it can indicate obsession or compulsion, and he thinks high-level mastery is sometimes pathogenic.

Do you have a view on mastery, whether good or bad? For the purposes of this question, let's say mastering that has a neutral impact on the world, like privately learning an idea or skill.

@bkam It's probably more complicated than this, but I believe the pursuit of mastery is fundamentally alienating.

On my most humble and mediocre days do I feel connected to the people around me the most.

(the people who pursue mastery for the sake of being admired or loved are, from my perspective, worth feeling sorry for)

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