Apr 14, 2011

Specialization is for Insects

It's been ages since my last post! I have been (and still am) outrageously busy with my academic work. Hopefully, I will fill the gaps by posting a little more than usual in the upcoming months.

Today, I wanted to mention and briefly discuss the following "quote":

"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 Heinelein - Time Enough for Love.

In this world where there is so much to discover, people tend to stir their lives towards one or two areas they master or have expertise on. Robert Heinelein suggests that as human beings, we can and should do as many activities as we can. This reminded of a quote that I loved to say when I was younger to explain to my friends why I loved going to school (I was the biggest nerd ever at that time, I have met worse than me recently!!!):

"Il est parfois mieux de connaitre quelque chose de tout que de connaitre tout d'une chose." (Translation)

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