Status or Discovery

Miscarriages of etiquette in interpersonal relationships are not always undesirable: It is from the margins that one is able to work in earnest and without interruption. To provoke chagrin in one’s peers is a strategy, not a misstep, especially if the fruits of your labors are realized on the boundary between binary disciplines; the language with which your field of study is decocted is necessarily obscure. As the breadth of your insights grows, the extent of your interactions with peers in unlike fields will diminish; you will have become, for better or worse, a mystic. To the mystic, the shortcomings of objectivity and distance are apparent; he is immersed in a world betwixt that is unmounted from the purely rational; he sacrifices status to discovery.

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