Core tasks

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, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

How many of these can you do? Here’s how I would tabulate my results:

Proficiently    10
Acceptably 6
Badly 2
Not at all 2
Unknown 1

Thanks to Jeff Scripter for the quotation.

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