We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“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.”
This is quite possibly one of my favorite quotes of all time. It's written in The Notebooks of Lazarus Long, which is a sort of mini-book within the larger novel, Time Enough for Love.
Heinlein is an amazing, if somewhat quirky, author and for the libertarians among us, if you haven't already read these, then I highly recommend them: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Stranger in a Strange Land, and of course, Time Enough for Love.
You mentioned some possible changes last week. Any chance now that I can rely on folks nic's being who they say they are. I ask as there's lots of new names this morning, a very good thing of course... but I'm wary, honestly.
A very smart man he was, Heinlein. Unfortunately I read all his works so long ago that they are now just wispy memory. I suppose a revisit would be in order. Just for S&G's I'm good for 18 out of 21. Though a few of those may have a small learning curve. :)
Well, it's more a sentiment rather than a maxim. As "Truth" goes it's crap really. If it weren't for people specializing in disciplines I'm pretty sure I'd be dead today. And if I believed it like the Gospel it would be fairly insulting to the good people who pulled my meager life back from the abyss.
I agree with your assessment of its implications in the arts of course.
If someone could do all the things listed, specialization would be a natural talent, not something worthy of eliminating the others.
I could do them all except program a computer. I had to take a class in it one time and cried. I had to go to unfortunately mentally computer-challenged classes for 12 Sundays, and I think the professor only passed me because I was pregnant and weepy.
Lazarus should have added: Use one's gender to great advantage.