This observation from science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein has always interested me:
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, pitch manure, solve equations, analyze a new problem, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for insects!
I confess that I can do only a few of those.
But that raises some questions:
- What types of things outside of our "insect" specialties are not a waste of time but actually add to our ability to perform the narrower tasks?
- Does a wide range of experiences and skills make us better or more confident decision makers?