Achieving in a subject demands we know most everything possible about the subject. Aleister Crowley, a mountaineer, puts this in the context of mountain climbing:
The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript.
(Quoted from page 172 of The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2, by Jennifer Jordan. W. W. Norton, 2010.)
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