Tuesday, December 05, 2006

I'd be a neanderthal.

So well before I learned about the advantages that specialized work provided early humans, I myself was considering what I want to be doing. My talents have long veered toward the more general. I'd have been a neanderthal, not a proto-human. Jack of all trades, master of a few. Something like that. After prolonged and careful consideration, I'm still not sure what I should be when I grow up. Hell I'm not sure what I should be when I turn 30. To say nothing of my myopic sense of what comes after that.

I'll probably write more on this later, given that when I consider "Where is my mind?" that answer is routinely thinking about work. If you have any insight into what I should do for a living I'd be flattered and deeply grateful for any suggestions and insights. I feel a little like I'm trying to view a pointilist painting from 3 inches away. I can see all the dots, but have no real sense of the picture they create. So some outside perspective would be great.

I'll leave you (and me) with some thoughts on work from John Cusak:

I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.

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