Monday, December 11, 2006

Ode to the Generalist

This was sent to me from one of my SEAL buddies currently overseas. Amen.
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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

2 comments:

Patry Francis said...

Great list, even if I can only do about half of them.

Harry said...

Wonderful stuff.

I'll have to work on butchering a hog, conning a ship, and designing a building, but most especially take orders.