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Daily Inspiration: Robert A. Heinlein and His Competent Characters

"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 A. Heinlein is an American science-fiction author known for his “competent characters,” or characters that can do pretty much anything. Having capable characters helps move plots along, but also makes for an interesting and inspiration idea about how we can create our fictional characters in design, comics or graphic novels. In his book Time Enough For Love, he talks about the need for a diverse range of skills, from changing a nappy to dying gallantly. Time to start learning to fight today and crack that hog butchering textbook.

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