Banausia

Instrumenta chyrurgiae et icones anathomicae, Ambroise Paré, 1564

The tricks of the trade, the technical expertise, the “how things are done”, if unable to convey the meaning and purpose of the job, are what the ancient Greeks used to call “banausia”: dull mechanics.

On the other hand, whoever speaks while lacking conversancy with the underlying field, does hardly more than spreading hearsay.

What is really rewarding, though certainly tough, is working on both fronts: endowing technical wisdom with words, and communication with depth and experience.

First published on Eventual Consistency
Also available in 🇮🇹 Italiano