I am guessing that some of the Viking skills were learned the hard way. Kill or be killed. Considering their seafaring abilities though, I would have to assume that there was some form of skilled training. I mean, did they pick a guy to be a ship builder, and then find out at sea that he was probably a better cook?
- Dad Scholarly Pursuits: I am a guy who graduated high school while successfully completing honors level classes and by all accounts, should have gone on to university and graduated with a degree. Problem is, I had no idea of what it was that I wanted to do, and I couldn’t see the value in attending classes just because I had to do them to get them out of the way. So, I entered working world without a degree, started making money, and that was that. I have actually progressed my career pretty far, considering I do not have a degree, but it has held me back at certain points, and will most likely limit my upward reaching capability in my current field. That being said, I have a hard time agreeing to pay what it costs to get a degree, just so I can complete a formality for something I am already skilled and capable enough to do. So, if I really want to think about my own scholarly pursuits, it is probably more of a “free” pursuit, limited to minimal costs for either books or on-line courses, or even local skills training.
- Viking Scholarly Pursuits: I am not sure if there were scholarly pursuits of the Vikings, per se, but I would imagine that there were at least members of the group who learned via the elders on matters regarding healing, etc. I mean, if you look at the engineering of their long boats that were used to sail the rough North Sea, there had to be some manner of passing down precise details. Add in their navigation capabilities, and even perhaps their battle tactics, and the picture quickly becomes clear that there were advances and specialties that the Vikings held in comparison to their enemies, that were not just luck of the draw or handed down by the Gods. Maybe they didn’t follow our now traditional manner of attending a university to learn a skill and get a degree, and then move into the world to either utilize those skills, or flip burgers (I’m looking at you, liberal arts). So, maybe the most clear way of defining the “scholarly pursuits” of the Vikings, is to say that they learned how to do things better through trials and hardship, so that their life might become better. I think I could focus on that without having to go back to college.
What are your scholarly pursuits? University? Tech school? Online? Or, good old fashioned grit and perseverance? Share in the comments section.