Specialization Is For Insects


This is my new favorite quote. I was doing some writing at Wolverine Farm Publick House and saw it on the wall. I especially like how they painted it on the wall.

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

I like the message. We are human, not insects. We can specialize in an infinite number of things. We can be an do anything we put our minds to!