Specialization Is for Insects

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
– Robert A. Heinlein

{I just found this quote today, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Any thoughts?}

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2 responses

  1. Maybe not ALL of those things, or all of THOSE things, but I kind of like the sentiment of the last line. But then, I'm one of the people who hates the "you gotta go find your One True Passion before you will be able to be fulfilled" speeches.

  2. Me too. Besides, you never know what an apocalypse might happen. :) I want to be able to bake bread, fix plumbing, grow vegetables, mend clothes, etc. It just seems sensible.

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