Specialization is for Insects

30 05 2010

Here’s a thoughtful quote from Robert Heinlein, American science-fiction writer, 1907-1988.

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.

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31 05 2010
kelly

love it, I can do some of those things and plenty more – expert at none.

5 06 2010
Stephen H N Hofstee

Maybe Mr Heinlein classified himself as a human being, but by his definition I am a flea. The only thing I can do on his list is maybe pitch manure.
I love it, too.

2 07 2010
Erika

I really wonder if he can do all the things on that list. If he can do them all he is human, but if there is just one thing he can not do that means he belongs to the cockroach category is that what he means?
Interesting…




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