(quote) Sam-427739 said: Thanks, Jerry! Single parenting doesn't come with many "attagirls" so I appreciate it. Growing up on a farm with a pile of brothers probably had a lot to do with shaping my attitude. Here's a quote for you:
"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 Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
Hi Sam. great quote! I wholeheartedly agree. I might also add, "A human being should be able to pray humbly, speak simply with a child, bring pleasure to one's lover, and try to pay one's debts (knowing we can never fully repay all of them...especially those to God and parents).
Regarding specialization, I might qualify Heinlein a little. Specialization in one area is almost necessary for success in one's field nowadays and for the human race to advance. However, being fully human requires being a generalist. So, I might say one should be a competent human first and then, if intelligence, energy and ambition allow, specialize in but one area. But, be the competent generalist, the compleat human being first...yes, I agree!
In medicine there is a saying: The specialist knows everything but does nothing; the generalist knows nothing but does everything; the pathologist knows everything and does everything, but too late.