Whenever I've heard (or read) people say things like "the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know," I always used to think it referred to a breadth and depth of detailed knowledge. The more you learn about Japan, the more you realize how little you know about England, the Netherlands, or Korea (not to mention Botswana or Guyana); at the same time, the more you learn about any given aspect of Japanese culture or history (for example), the more you realize just how many other castles, samurai lords, artists, events & incidents, works of literature, or whatever it may be, that you still don't know about.
The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know…
2013/07/14 by Leah
Speaking of writing about studying another culture and having humility, check out Toranosuke's excellent piece on the moment when you realize you how much you don't know about your field over on A Man with Tea.