Posted by: hightides | April 26, 2010

A human being…

“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.” *

As a farmer, I find my list of talents/jobs changes and expands (rarely lessens) each year. You start as a planner– picking seeds, mapping your garden space, buying the seeds — and quickly become a food storage expert — canning, freezing, drying, pickling, salting.

In the field you’re a meteorologist, soil analyst, entomologist, biologist, herbologist, flower arranger, field hand, investigative scientist, engineer, inventor, and mathematician. Math expands from geometry to physics. Engineering from structural to hydraulics.

Ad manager, salesman, graphic designer.

Carpenter, plumber, electrician, painter, landscaper.

This week I’m adding logistician.

Back to the Robert Heinlein quote: I’m not an efficient fighter and I won’t know for a while yet how gallant I’ll be, but I’m guessing I’ll go kicking and screaming about something I still need to get done…

p.s.  The end of the quote is. “Specialization is for insects.”

* Excerpt from the notebooks of Lazarus Long, from Robert Heinlein’s “Time Enough for Love”


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