Homo Universalis, the Renaissance man, a polymath.
A man who is knowledgeable on the workings of the planet earth and what it beholds within it. Arts, science, philosophy.
It is based on the idea of an ideal man, that he is capable of achieving all that he desires and is as such unbridled in his search for knowledge, in order to develop his potential.
What does it take to be a polymath? Baldassare Castiglione wrote ” The Book of the Courtier’, a guide on how to become a man of the world. He explains how a courtier, a gentleman should be educated in the various fields of knowledge (art, science, humanities)and carry out these feats (dance, song, athletics) in a cavalier way that belies the effort that took to achieve such success , to be graceful and calm, being beautiful in his carriage, bearing, gestures and speech. He called it Sprezzatura.
Many notable polymaths lived between the 14th and 16th centuries in Europe, making historical contributions in fields of involvement and with a certain universality in approach. Men at this time were educated wholely, giving preference to music, language, poetry, art, literature, science, sport, philosophy and theology, in order to develop capacities, mentally and physically.
I pose a question to you, are you a polymath, the last of the dying breed of true intellects?