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Offline Matt Emery

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Heinlein's philosophy
« on: July 19, 2007, 11:18:01 PM »
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, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.

Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein
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Re: Heinlein's philosophy
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2007, 01:46:40 PM »
Hi Cavefolks,

I just stumbled upon this website, and found the philosophy it espouses to be very much in the same vein as my own, both for training, and for living life to the fullest.  When I spotted the quote by Heinlein, I knew for certain that this was the right place for me.  Here's one of my favorites, by the "godfather of science fiction"...

"I am free, no matter what rules surround me.  If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them.  I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."  --Robert A. Heinlein

Anyway, you've put together a fantastic site here, Matt.  Keep up the great work of spreading these important ideas throughout the world!

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Re: Heinlein's philosophy
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2007, 10:58:48 AM »
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"I am free, no matter what rules surround me.  If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them.  I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."  --Robert A. Heinlein

Very true..
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Re: Heinlein's philosophy
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2007, 05:17:01 AM »
I just stumbled upon this website, and found the philosophy it espouses to be very much in the same vein as my own, both for training, and for living life to the fullest.  When I spotted the quote by Heinlein, I knew for certain that this was the right place for me.

Anyway, you've put together a fantastic site here, Matt.  Keep up the great work of spreading these important ideas throughout the world!

Hi Tony, and welcome!

Thanks for taking the time to post your article, it's always good to chat with fellow truth-seekers  ;)
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Re: Heinlein's philosophy
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2008, 09:18:10 PM »
I am loving that quote, the "Specialization is for insects" part especially. I'm going to try living like this.

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Re: Heinlein's philosophy
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2008, 11:07:20 PM »
I am loving that quote, the "Specialization is for insects" part especially. I'm going to try living like this.

The "Division of Labour" enforces specialisation, unfortunately.  Read here for more info; http://www.cavemanpower.com/forum/economics_the_division_of_labour-t119.0.html
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Re: Heinlein's philosophy
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2008, 03:49:10 AM »
I mean on a lesser scale. Like making my own wine, (everyone's got their vices, I think you'd agree that even cavemen probably ate the occasional bit of honey) maybe planting a few vegetables.

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Re: Heinlein's philosophy
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2008, 04:10:58 AM »
I mean on a lesser scale. Like making my own wine, (everyone's got their vices, I think you'd agree that even cavemen probably ate the occasional bit of honey) maybe planting a few vegetables.

Yeah, sorry, I meant this; I'm not advocating the complete elimination of specialisation, rather; a more natural synchronisation of specialisation with human instincts.

And yes!  Honey would of been a prized food in Paleo times due to the high content of fructose and glucose i.e. energy.  Perhaps that's why it tastes so good to the human palette?

Making your own wine sounds good  :D
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