Jan 192006
"A human being
should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog,
design a building, write a sonnet, set a bone, comfort the dying, take
orders, give orders, solve equations, pitch manure, program a computer,
cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is
for insects."

Robert Henlein

I like that line, cause I think like that, too. In fact some goals I have for the following year include learning another language, learning to cook, learn first aid and learn to dance. The rest of the stuff is also awesome, especially the dying part.

I’m thinkin I’ll also go to Pakistan to teach english or something at some point in the future.

  4 Responses to “Good quotation”

  1. i don't think it's necessary that everyone should have a broad knowledge base. i think you should be able to know enough to keep you alive and keep you happy. if it's not something that you yourself desire to apply to yourself, out of necessity or out of want, then there is no need at all. plus, specialization is a good thing, it's a factor in our evolution. and yes, that's all i wanted to say. i violently disagree with your chosen quotation. :|. lol. but i'm glad you have a lot of goals to fulfill to make your life meaningful?

  2. That's arguable, Sam. We already have a broad knowledge base that we're taught in school. writing, math, sciences, civics, history, those sorts of things are considered important for a well-rounded citizen of a productive society. I feel there are other things I want to learn before I feel well-rounded. While I think Heinlien goes to extremes when talking about this sort of thing (he loved the idea of "interchangeable humans", where one person could do another's job or take their place in their relations), I don't think I need to be able to butcher a hog or plan an invasian.

    I will probably end up specializing in one particular thing, but that's more a matter of career choice or interest than skills. I want to have another language under my belt as a skill. The number of skills I have won't make my life meaningful, but they'll give me something to do for a bit.

    I think Heinlein really meant that one should have a large number of skills at a decent level under their belt to be considered truly well-rounded. He said that tongue-in-cheek because he was, after all, a specialist in his own right.

  3. My goal in life is to be a Jack of All Trades, but master of two.

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