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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 A. Heinlein, Science Fiction author, in “Time Enough for Love”

If Heinlein is right, then the modern world is largely maintained by “insects”. While religious institutions and scientific researches were all things to all people, answering the overarching questions about the meaning of life and how everything fit and work together, the proliferation of specialties is a characteristic of a world with complex operational requirements. Though the priest may understand how something will affect your eternal life, and scientists may speculate on the origins of the universe, it is unlikely that they can advise you on your tax payments as well as a university degree.


Comments on: "Specialization is for Insects" (1)

  1. akismet-f703740d16f5a1c57ce973db5a803155 said:

    Could we perhaps add another dimension to this line in inquiry … for example:

    Why are we here? What is the objective of ‘life’?

    Let’s say (because it is true) that (a) we are eternal beings engaged in a brief mortal experience; and (b) our performance will be evaluated, fairly, and we will then proceed to new realms.

    Further, are the metrics of conventional success going have a bearing on what is deemed eternally valuable? Put another way, what is “in eternal demand”? What skills and characteristics should we be developing?

    What about things like service, charity, forgiveness, tolerance and understanding? Are they characteristics that are considered eternally desirable?

    Jamey Johnston

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