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SURVIVAL PRIMER; Survivors are Polymaths
« on: January 08, 2009, 08:01:28 PM »
Survivors are Polymaths

"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

Here’s my twist on Mr. Heinlein’s immortal quote…

"A human being should be able to raise their children without governmental interference, be smart about paying income tax, plant a garden, hunt for game, live for extended periods in the field, be a leader always, know your limits, follow when necessary, supply effort on demand, fix a software problem, call bullshit, build a fire with two sticks, use defensive tools effectively, and never die on his knees. Blind sublimation of the spirit to another’s will and desires is for the faint of heart.". - Swanson

In this day and age, we must all develop our skills and aptitudes across a broad spectrum of endeavors.

Instead of having someone else do “it” for you, do it for yourself – carpentry, gardening, self-defense, auto mechanics, and other life skills are there for the learning IF you take the time and interest to become a polymath with self-sufficiency in mind.

Start by examining your life and set your ego aside long enough to admit where you could learn something more and increase your own independence.

A brave new world is forming around us just like the one our forefathers experienced; danger and opportunity abound- be ready.

Are you cultivating the skills you need to compete, survive, and thrive like the renaissance men that have come before us?

swanson


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymath

A polymath (Greek polymath?s, ?????????, "having learned much")[1] is a person whose knowledge is not restricted to one subject area. In less formal terms, a polymath (or polymathic person) may simply refer to someone who is very knowledgeable. Most ancient scientists <and Warriors> were polymaths by today’s standards.[2]


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Re: SURVIVAL PRIMER; Survivors are Polymaths
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2009, 08:56:47 PM »
+1...  8)

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Re: SURVIVAL PRIMER; Survivors are Polymaths
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2009, 08:58:48 PM »
Excellent as Always, Swanson.
Your posts are a pleasure to read.  ;D

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Re: SURVIVAL PRIMER; Survivors are Polymaths
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2009, 01:43:24 PM »
"Blind sublimation of the spirit to another’s will and desires is for the faint of heart.". - Swanson

Excellent! This is signature worthy.  +1

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Re: SURVIVAL PRIMER; Survivors are Polymaths
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2009, 08:39:49 AM »
ONCE UPON A TIME when the world was young there was a Martian named Smith.
Valentine Michael Smith was as real as taxes but he was a race of one.

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Re: SURVIVAL PRIMER; Survivors are Polymaths
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2009, 02:09:13 PM »
Arise Zombie Thread!
Polymath for life!

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Re: SURVIVAL PRIMER; Survivors are Polymaths
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Re: SURVIVAL PRIMER; Survivors are Polymaths
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2009, 09:26:44 PM »
Swanson,

Kudos!  Great thoughts, both from Heinlein and from yourself.

The only "math" that Survivalists shouldn't have is that Orwellian mathematics that Winston Smith adopted in Room 101.  Fight like Hell to never get to that point!


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Re: SURVIVAL PRIMER; Survivors are Polymaths
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2009, 09:43:29 PM »
Nice posts. Thanks

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Re: SURVIVAL PRIMER; Survivors are Polymaths
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2009, 10:58:42 AM »
Welcome, fellow necromancers!

+1 for the original post.

Ain't it kinda funny that so many people find it "annoying" that we know how to do so many things, right up until they need that skill in a pinch?

I've found that my best friends are the folks that tend to roll up their sleeves and dig in and learn right along side me instead of being ticked that they don't know how to do something I do.

A nice belwether.