Fuck a world of forced specialization. You can be a farmer AND a philosopher. You can be a carpenter and a portraitist. You can be a lawyer and an electrician. You can be a mycologist and a flautist, a bookbinder and a skateboarder, a chemist and a stripper, an upholsterer and an Aramaic scholar, a gymnast and a fisherman. You can be so many things, any combination of things that you love or like or are interested in or want to try. Idgaf! If you only want to do one thing? That's fucking awesome and good too!

But I refuse to accept a world where a farmer must be just a farmer, a carpenter just a carpenter. Labors of body, mind, and spirit can all fit together, no matter what capitalism says.

@bedap recently i've been wondering if it shoudln't be like <game i forget the name of> where the first class you can specialize as it farmer, and after that, anything.

@emsenn interesting! If you ever think of the name of that game, I'd love to know it

@bedap oh it was just one of the seven billion city/colony builder games, and clearly wasn't distinctive in its own right, lol.


Fuck a world of forced specialization. You can be a farmer AND a philosopher. You can be a farmer and a portraitist. You can be a farmer and an electrician. You can be a farmer and a flautist, a farmer and a skateboarder, a farmer and a stripper, an farmer and an Aramaic scholar, a farmer and a fisherman.

...actually that last one might be a bit logistically tricky.

@emsenn lololol, I'm sure someone would end up innovating some really interesting ways of doing both

@bedap I had a friend in Florida who converted his swimming pool into part of his backyard garden and grew some sort of fish for eating in it, and its water was heavily involved in cycling the plants.

@emsenn @bedap divide the year up seasonally in to farming and fishing, it's not uncommon historically

@emsenn 🤣 in that case, maybe I don't need to play it. Still an interesting, and sensical, premise.

@bedap personally I'd appreciate more lawyers with practical skills because even under capitalism they're needed - lawyer mechanics come to mind!

hence why my minor is in computer science so I'm actually doing something and have at least some expertise to offer.

@PinkCathodeCat out of curiosity, what's the need for lawyer mechanics?

@bedap Better understanding of the validity of "this mimicks me" when sussing out a patent infringement claim is the first thing that comes to mind. @PinkCathodeCat

@bedap I can't remember who it was that said "specialization is for insects." I wanna say it was E.O. Wilson but I could be wrong on that


@bedap @maloki I am a computer scientist and this is a problem in my field. Computers are basically fancy plumbing for others but that’s easy to forget if you specialise too hard. This is why the best computer programs are tools used by computer programmers.

@bedap "jack of all trades, master of none" is a peak capitalist/liberal bullshit quote, but it's also so pervasive in our culture that anyone who is good at more than one thing is met with suspicion

@kiilas not only are people who reject mastery met with suspicion, people become siloed into "mastery" of one thing and are told they can never leave or change, and that it's not worth it to try

@bedap yeah this resonates. I've always combatted the idea "jack of all trades, master of none" with the idea that everything i do is a practice. Mastering something becomes a fallacy when you're in a state of constant learning. Of course I'm not a master of any of my practices that's impossible.

@tulsi I love this perspective. Mastery is a myth. And even if it isn't, it's not necessarily desirable or practical. Breadth, though, is always practical, always beneficial.

This is cool and validating as an ADHD and autistic enby with hella interests and no specialization. Thanks for posting 😊

@Scout it's been eating at me for a while. I'm glad it resonates <3

@bedap I'm an editor, a cook, a gardener and a painter.

@bedap dropping out of college helped me realize how suffocating specialization is.

@bedap thiiiiis so hard this god damned this why cant we have this?!?!?!

@bedap I think Kropotkin wrote a little about this. Love to see people exercising a diverse range of skills, especially when some of them aren't traditionally profitable

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