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Re: (TFT) Fifth water, clarify ourselves

---- David Michael Grouchy II <david_michael_grouchy_ii@hotmail.com> wrote: 
> Fifth water, clarify ourselves
>      ``Guys the renaissance man is a myth.  No one can be a Doctor, Lawyer,
> engineer, chemist, Virtuoso, Olympic Athlete, Research Scientist, and Artist
> all at once in this day and age.  There is too much specialization.  I mean,
> there are hundreds of degrees within the field of engineering alone.``
>      Robbie, Ward, and Jimmy are just looking at me.
>      ``The closest we ever get was when Robert Miles and Robbie would tell
> physics riddles during recess.``
>      Now they look worried.  This is not a game scenario.
>      Robbie says ``But you told us about Architecture and Highway
> construction.  Remember?  I said I will figure a way to get us to space and
> you said you would design the space stations.``
>      ``I remember.``  I face Ward.  ``Ward.  You always read the news, you are
> always up on world events.  Didn`t you have a teacher with some Vietnamese
> students who were falling behind.  And you said to her `look there is a
> Vietnamese edition of this math book` and she said `yes but they won`t get it
> for me.`  So you started writing you own letters to embassies and
> representatives and got some copies for her anyway.``
>      Ward.  ``Yeah.  So.``  He sounds worried that I have a plan.
>      ``Jimmy.  You are always on top of anthropology.  Following the
> atrocities around the world, and decoding music.  Weighing the costs in
> destroyed families and writing stories that open peoples eyes and make them
> feel they can do something.``
>      ``Uh . . . hun . . . Sure.``  He sounds uncertain.  What ever I`m getting
> at he thinks I`m gonna get someone killed.
>      ``Well.``  I make an expansive gesture with my hands.  ``There is no way
> any one of us can be a renaissance man.  But what if we form a Renaissance
> community.  Each time we get together we brief each other.  We know each other
> well enough that we can explain the subtlety of something in a way the rest of
> us will get it.``
>      The don`t think so.
>      ``Like Jimmy, remember when you taught us popping-a-quif in quantum
> physics.  How light can be a wave or a particle.  Like a line of football
> players sweeping across the field the ball, the particle, is in there
> somewhere.  When the ball is down everyone piles on top of it.  All the energy
> of the wave colapses into the particle on impact.  You said the physicist
> called it popping-a-quif.  The quantum if.``
>      He kind of shrugs.  Each one knows this already.
>      ``Well you got that out of a book right?  One that took days to read.  We
> can give each other these kind of summaries on anything.  Much faster than any
> teach could hope too.  Cause they don`t know what we already know and don`t
> know as well as we do.  Ward.  You told us about the Afgan resistance fighters
> who are trying to push Russia out of Afghanistan.``
>      ``Oh, I get it Mike.``  Ward says.  ``You want me to read the newspaper
> for you so you don`t have to.``
>      ``Yes!``
>      Robbie ``I suppose it won`t hurt to try it out.``
>      Jimmy ``Sure, what the heck.``
>      ``Alright``  I just grin for a moment.  ``I`ll go first.  I figured out
> the best way to learn something.  Teach it to someone else.  I just thought
> that I understood quadratic equations.  Then this kid next to me in Algebra
> asked me for some help.  And after I showed her I understand it better myself.
> Not only that.  Teaching someone else is the best way to really retain
> something, and study for a test.``
>      They are in agreement.
>      ``I do remember everyone I`ve taught.``
>      ``It`s true, I think.``
>      ``You know, now that I think about it, maybe you`re right.``
>      ``We will pool our knowledge.  We are our own renaissance group.  Even if
> it`s only one of you, I`ll be glad to come over and let you teach me what you
> have on your test tomorrow.``
>      ``Ward went on to convert to Islam, raised a quarter of a million world
> wide to build a new Mosque in Lafayette, Louisiana, and got a couple of laws
> passed in the state Legislature so it is no longer illegal for Islamic women
> to wear the Hijab if they wish.  The anti-mask law is still on the books.  It
> was passed to eradicate the clan, but now there is an exception for religious
> habits.  In 1999 He tells me that ``There is something big coming down.  I
> don`t know what it is, but something big is happening.``  In Oct 2001  2002
> he is the go to guy for the local news when ever they want the Islamic
> perspective.
>      Jimmy Flammang gets his degree in Micro Biology to ``Learn the secret of
> life so I can keep Jerry Garcia alive forever.``  After working in the crime
> lab for the State Police for years as their Head programmer Jerry Garcia died.
> Jimmy Goes back to school, gets a law degree, and is now a specialist on
> patented organisms and enzymes.
>      Robbie goes on to become a polymer physicist building new materials from
> the atomic level up.  He winds up working on a particle accelerator in
> Pittsburgh doing research for Pittsburgh steel.
>      Darryl owns and operates his own cafi` in Tennessee with his little
> brother Grahm.  Ice tea is still on the menu.
>      Mark owns his own business and fields two cellular tower climbing crews.
> They work the continental US and Alaska.
>      Joel owns his owned his own construction company in Florida.  I remember
> before his wedding he looked up at the vaulted ceiling of the church and said
> ``I could build this.``  He retired early and now is a very expensive and
> sought after cabinet maker.
>      This is what role playing can lead too.  A knowledge pool.
> David Michael Grouchy II
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