Specialization is for insects

CnH friend sends this quote,

A human being should be able to plan an invasion, butcher a hog, con 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.

– Excerpt from the notebooks of Lazarus Lon from Robert Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love

and this story to go with, (this one is cool!)

“Honey,” I called, “come look at the lizard!”

“Oh, my gosh!” my wife exclaimed. “She’s having babies.”

“What?” my son demanded. “But their names are Bert and Ernie, Mom!”

I was equally outraged.

“Hey, how can that be? I thought we said we didn’t want them to reproduce,” I said accusingly to my wife.

“Well, what do you want me to do, post a sign in their cage?” she inquired (I think she actually said this sarcastically!).

read it here

Treat on a Friday 🙂 Enjoy maadi!

3 Responses to Specialization is for insects

  1. anish November 2, 2007 at 3:05 pm #

    BVN very impressive quote. makes us proud of being humans 😀
    A human being should also be able to give and receive love. everything else is just survival. isn’t it?

  2. bvn November 6, 2007 at 6:19 am #

    exactly! don’t know…I was happy after reading this 🙂 yeah tough part is recieving with humility 🙂

  3. anish November 6, 2007 at 9:48 pm #

    we get such a high from power over others (like sadistic professors hehe)
    A friend once recommended Ender’s Game – a very popular sci-fi novel – i found it childish – but had to finish since i started. The aliens are advanced insects with no individuality (their planets are like hives or anthills with a queen) and humans as disordered but mercurial. Inspite of less advanced technology, humans are able to defeat them through flashes of individual brilliance and all.
    whatever.. i want to forget it 😀

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