Erudition is a concept that reflects the breadth of knowledge and multilateral education. Developed erudition is manifested by a deep understanding of many things and finding relationships between different areas of life. Erudites (those who have this quality developed at a sufficiently high level) are constantly engaged in expanding the range of their knowledge and deepening existing ideas about the world. Thus, it is not only a superficial awareness of events and discoveries in the world in the past and present, but also a deep understanding of these processes. We can say that an erudite is a specialist in several areas at once.
Erudition is not innate, and the level of its development depends solely on the efforts made by man regarding the constant acquisition of new knowledge. This quality is directly related to education and is practically unrelated to the level of intellectual development.
But the notions of education and erudition are not identical, because with regard to erudition there is an inner need of a person for continuous development and overcoming his own rudeness or lack of knowledge, while just education does not provide this intrinsic motivation. Knowledge can be obtained without enthusiasm, and with further options, development stops, then erudition forces you to look for sources and opportunities to increase your level, regardless of who has the baggage. Erudition is an independent focus, forcing a person to engage in self-education, read books on topics of interest and go beyond training courses.
What it is
One cannot say that someone has erudition, but someone does not. In this case, it is appropriate to consider the level of its development and implementation in various fields. There is an opportunity to raise the level of erudition, but it can also decrease if there is no additional effort. This does not mean that once acquired knowledge will be forgotten or become irrelevant, but over time, their relevance may be lost or some theory will receive a refutation - erudition is the ability to track dynamic changes. In addition, the level of erudition, which is considered to be quite high for a fifth-grader, will already be insufficient for the head of the company. Such examples are quite common when, after a lot of praise, a person ceases to engage in his own development and remains at the same level without development.
Developed erudition arises only with the constant absorption of new information, and it should concern not only a narrow professional sphere, but also take into account the moments of many world life topics. Of course, this is the process of education, but not fixed by educational institutions and additional courses, but a more independent contribution to what is happening. This can be expressed in reading not one, but various sources, and optimally opposing opinions. This also includes active creative interest in other areas. So a person can study as an architect, attend language courses, read historical literature and get involved in plumbing work. His level of erudition will be significantly higher than that of an architect who is deeply versed in his field, but does not go beyond it.
How to develop it
The development of erudition becomes a topical issue of modern society, since earlier emphasis was placed on highly specialized training, as a result of which a single person is often unable to solve, and sometimes even understand, any household tasks that are not within his competence. In addition to the global trend, the development of erudition is important at the individual personal level, since such a person can support almost any communication, quickly finds ways out of various life situations, and is also more productive in creative terms, since it can synthesize many aspects at once.
The first assistant in the development of erudition is reading the most diverse literature in large quantities. This does not include the same type of novels, which are forgotten the day after reading, we are talking about works and popular science literature, which requires analysis.
It is important not to swallow books, trying to put the maximum number of checkboxes, and read them qualitatively. There is no sense in reading hundreds, which is impossible to remember in a year, but one book, completely analyzed at several levels, can bring more benefits. The information obtained can be systematized, recorded, discussed with friends - the more a person interacts with new knowledge, the better and deeper they digest.
Literature should be selected from different industries - it helps to expand the range of topics that are understandable. For example, books on psychology will help to understand people, and various works on physics will increase the understanding of the structure of the world.
Many books help self-examination, for which you can make a separate notebook or find suitable training where you can deepen the study. Faced with new information, the perception of the world is changing, so the important point is the constant correlation of the read with what is the personal life at the moment. Not from memory to know that some things were pleasant, while others are uninteresting, but each time to analyze your inner world for changes. Choose a scientific literature, since reading, even in large volumes of social network tapes, does not always have the desired effect. In order for Facebook and telegrams to be beneficial, you should carefully filter your subscriptions and monitor not only the variety of topics, but also the quality of the content.
Excellently develops the erudition of cinema, provided that the films are selected in various subjects and interesting directions. Comedies with rude humor and action movies without any plot are more likely to evoke different emotions, but historical films can open up new horizons. Well suited for biographical films based on real events. There are many short and art-house films designed to show the unusual side of life, to reveal new facets and understanding.
How to raise broad awareness
Directly to the general level of awareness affects the social circle. The more time a person spends in contact with others, the more information he learns, and her learning is much easier than with the forced reading of the same facts. However, if you surround yourself with only artists, you get a set of approximately the same topics and events. Therefore, it is necessary to strive to ensure that various people with diverse interests are surrounded, and of course their level of knowledge in any topic should be higher than your own.
An important point in any development is interest, and with regard to erudition, it plays a pivotal role. It is impossible to memorize information that is not needed at the same time for work and is not personally interesting. Therefore, even choosing an incomprehensible and interesting topic to study, it is worthwhile to organize the whole process in advance in such a way as to periodically tone up enthusiasm. For this, an interesting company is perfectly suited, which will not allow to abandon training or a system of self-awarding for attaining certain levels.
Choose your hobby instead of an evening TV. In order for free time activities to be beneficial, a certain approach must be drawn up. For example, learning a language will have a greater effect on the development of general erudition, if you communicate directly with people from different countries, via Skype or other programs, than simply learning a dictionary. Collecting, which involves the recognition of the history of each thing or culture of the country of its manufacture, makes the accumulation of things in the developing personal process.
Facts that a person learns need to share, discuss with friends, especially well, if there are disagreements and controversy arises. The brain is designed in such a way that the more we explain to others the device of something, the more we begin to understand what we share.
It is also useful to consider any new information from various sides - this is what develops wide opportunities for the possession of knowledge. For example, having learned about the device of a technical device, you can add spaces regarding who invented it and when, and then study the biography of this person. Any new information pulls along with new opportunities to learn - the main thing is to notice and criticize them.
The higher the criticality of your thinking, the broader the horizons become. Do not take it for granted, but look for why this is so, do not teach the theorem, but look at its proof - it expands awareness and makes life more interesting.