Disclaimer: This is a somewhat fluffied up philosophy about philosophy aimed to hopefully spark of some interesting thoughts. As well as a stealth attempt to broaden peoples horizons.
To start of, first of all I notice that when people are thinking about topics that are hard to grasp. Ideas and thoughts that spark off philosophies and certain levels of understanding. One particular aspect almost always seem to stand in the way. In the way of 'the big picture'. Such is specialization. We think about a concept, and we try to specialize in that concept. Our view is narrowed and we come up with interesting ideas. Often missing entire concepts in the process.
Many examples can be found on this board. Subjectivity, relativity, truth, friendship, idealogy, you name it and it's on here. All discissions are loaded and aimed directly at the concept. With zealous focus, putting our entire energy stock into that single word, that single thought. In our attempt to understand that which can't truely be understood.
No brain is capable of seeing and thinking everything and once. The omnipotence needed to see the big picture is nothing more then just another concept we can focus our mind on. Just another idea we can specialize on.
Specialization is therefor argueably the downfall of humanity itself. As we build up false/incomplete conclusions, because of missing parts of the bigger picture in our quest to true understanding. Mistakes are made. Conflicts rise and competition grows. Is it not agreeable that specialization does in fact rift our minds more apart? The concept isn't too hard to grasp. It seems very logical. See at as a "W". Starting ground zero, each view divides in two. Some intertwine. Branching us slowly but surely further and further apart.
But then, what is more important? The quest to try and see the big picture, which we all believe to be futile. An impossible task. Or focus on specializing and perhaps reach understanding within our grasp. Shaken as it may be. In the hopes of someday puzzling all the pieces together.
Philosophy is funny that way. The pieces of the puzzle you unravel will never be puzzled together as a big picture, without the understanding of the big picture itself. One needs the understanding of the end result in order to achieve the construction of it. Thus, as our understanding of all things grows. So does the tree of thoughts that we thrive on. Branch after branch it expands. Even seeding itself to entirely different trees.
So, one can only wonder. What does it take to see the forest through the trees?