Thursday, February 13, 2014

Specialization is for Insects

Turning 40 gives us all a reason to pause and reflect. It lead me to a very basic question: what is a competent man.

Heinlein -- via the character Lazarus Long -- gives us fairly decent bullet list:

"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 Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Let's see how I do.