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Specialization is for Insects

Yesterday, someone noted the range of posts here. He asked to read a bit more about the person behind that range.

I like to learn. I like to find what ties people and things together. I like to uncover a pattern writ large across time and place and ideas. And find that pattern repeat itself in surprising ways. I like to know how things work. And fix stuff that doesn’t. I like doing a decent job at a lot of things. Always have.

Years ago, I read a passage by Robert Heinlein that seems to sum this up:

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.”

I’ve even done most of them. And others, too.

Still working on the tasty meal part though…

Categories: 2011 Posts, About Dave
  1. March 2, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Love the insight and approach. Meals are the law straw however!!

    • March 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

      ‘Meala’ Maxima Culpa for crossing the line! Somehow, I seem to always be asymptotically approaching actual, tasty food preparation, but never quite achieving it. Perhaps redoubling my effort will get me close enough for practical purposes. Or not.

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