In the morning of February 25th, an interesting conversation started in my Gmail inbox, by my friend Robin Holmes. It happened while I was rushing to finish last-moment tasks in preparations for India, including late visa pick-up from the Consulate, just before the flight.
Robin started a Creative Writing Club in Paris, where I happen to wonder for a few weeks now. Recently he also got into a great mission to form a collective of various creative minds, from multiple disciplines and secure the perfect environment for the artists within to start making and showing valuable work. It’s like an alcoholic anonymous club, but the addiction is art, and people do not try to get rid of it but instead channel the energy into good crafts. Robin calls the first stage - “Cultureship guinea pigs".
The first email contained a small description of the project and then Robin wrote something that intrigued me:
So and so, these and that activities […] you must be willing to make sure you make all the necessary endeavours to come as close as possible to this definition of the competent man, by Robert Heinlein: “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.”
I read this part and think to myself, "hmmm that’s a nice list of things to accomplish as a human, but I would add some love in there”. We continued the email conversation for a bit before I was up in the skies.
As I arrived in Mumbai, I thought to myself "this is an interesting statement and I've also got 1 or 2 questions around it. I have to share it with the world and keep the discussion open. Our email conversation with Robin sparked some curiosity but is not the best medium for collecting more ideas.
Question of the day, for You:
"What do you think makes a real wo/man?" and bonus question - "Is love essential to the real you?
P.S. Greetings from India. You can follow some of my trip adventures at instagram.com/tudornotes/