There are two major bodies of water in Israel. One is the Sea of Galilee, a lovely 13-mile-long, 7-mile-wide lake teeming with fish and surrounded by lush vegetation. It is Israel’s largest freshwater lake and is breathtakingly beautiful.
The Dead Sea, which is 50 miles long and 11 miles broad and has a shoreline that is 1300 feet below sea level, is the other body of water. According to reports, seven million tons of water evaporate from the Dead Sea every day, and the Dead Sea’s saline (salt) concentration is ten times that of the world’s oceans. The Dead Sea certainly lives up to its name.
There are no seaweed, plants, fish, or any other living things in, surrounding, or near the water. The poisonous quantity of salt kills fish who mistakenly swim into the waters from one of the few freshwater streams that feed the sea. Both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea is fed by the Jordan River. There is really only one difference between these two bodies of water, really only one thing that causes the Sea of Galilee to be beautiful and alive while the Dead Sea is barren and lifeless.
The difference is that the Sea of Galilee takes water from the Jordan River, and then it gives water back to the river. The water simply passes through the Sea of Galilee. As a result, the Sea of Galilee is full of life and beauty. The Dead Sea, on the other hand, only takes water, but it gives nothing back, and as a result, it sustains no life. Those two bodies of water bear witness to the truth of human life. It is in receiving and then giving back that life and hope are sustained. In other words, The Sea of Galilee is a conduit, The Dead Sea is a container. The first is full of life, the second is full of death!
Developers are in the same boat. I can’t express how much I’ve learned since I started sharing what I’ve learned with others. Keeping knowledge to yourself will not benefit you; but, sharing it with others will.
When I have to explain something to someone, I will make a greater effort to study everything I can about the subject, which will help me expand my knowledge. If I’m not going to share this with anyone, I’m just going to scratch the surface and let it alone.
If you’ve learned from individuals or through communities, you can help newcomers learn, so that the cycle can continue. Give it back to the developer community.
My dear friends, start sharing what you know now and thank me later. Act as a conduit and not a container.