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
I can’t say I’m much of a fan of Heinlein. I mean, I liked Stranger in a Strange Land, but the rest of his works seem like thinly veiled attempts to talk about how the military is humanity’s greatest accomplishment.
|The military takes nude coed showers? Okay, time to read Starship Troopers.|
|"But quoting science fiction movies appropriate is."|
The rest of it is baloney.
I need to know how to plan an invasion? Really? You honestly think someone is going to give me an army? Yeah, that will work out well.
|"Okay, great job, guys! Now, we just need to engage the enemy."|
|Luckily, I have a role model.|
|"Calm down! I've done this twice already."|
A human being should be able to change a leaking diaper, clean a house, make a website without using a web design tool, perform CPR, write a paper without making silly grammatical errors, spend time with the elderly, be productive working in a team, be productive working at home, explain a scientific theory to a fool, challenge authority, feed a family, defend itself, accept its own mortality and prepare for it. Specialization is what humans do.
-Matthew Kagle, I Am Smarter Than Heinlein