Heinlein - Specialization is for Insects

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Note: It is 4:16AM and I am still awake, but I really want to sleep. Can't manage it.

The tag line of the blog is "Specialization is for Insects", taken from Heinlein's Time Enough For Love, the full quote is:

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.

Look at it, I think that I can measure myself:

  • Change a diaper - Done
  • Plan an invasion - if it is an invasion to a prison, I am your man, otherwise, the knowledge is theoretical.
  • Butcher a hog - Does a chicken count? I was an assistant butcher about twelve years ago. After a while, I felt like a chicken gynecologist.
  • Conn a ship - Only if it is directly to the rocks.
  • Design a building - Got to sit down for that one as well.
  • Write a sonnet - but only a bad one.
  • Balance Accounts - Done
  • Build a wall - I can also paint it, lay a roof and floor and I am a wizz with removing walls.
  • Set a bone - Put it under maybe, the only chance I had was mine, and I mostly cried at the time.
  • Comfort the dying - Pass
  • Take orders - Done
  • Give orders - Done
  • Cooperate - Done
  • Act Alone - Done
  • Solve Equations - Not recently, and I wouldn't want to do it at gun point, but done.
  • Analyze a new problem - Yes
  • Pitch manure - Done, and no further comment
  • Program a computer - Obvious, isn't it?
  • Cook a tasty meal - I simply adore my onion & garlic omelette, with a side of cream - yummy.
  • Fight efficiently - Hm, I want to say yes, but I never profiled it.
  • Die gallantly - ask me again in a century or two