Re: Help! Leisure or Extro-Holocaust?

Kathryn Aegis (
Fri, 12 Sep 1997 23:08:28 +0000

I read Holly's post with some empathy. Anyone who sets high
standards for their personal growth and achievement is going to
experience periods of frustration. We see so many possibilities and
yet are endowed with only one body and one mind!

You are right, Holly. No one person could possibly keep up with all
of the scientific and technical progress, and no one person can
possibly learn all of these skills in a lifetime, not if one is going
to use them in any significant manner. That is why it is
so very important for us to work together in forums such as this
list, Extropy Institute, or local groups. Each of us has core
abilities and developed areas of knowledge that can be combined with the
abilities and knowledge of others to reach goals that none of us
could accomplish individually. Why should each of us run ourselves
ragged trying to aquire every skill, when we can each contribute a piece of
the whole, remaining focused on our individual strengths and developing
them to their utmost.

Extropians value competition, but I think that sometimes leads
us to try to "go it alone" instead of reaching out to the persons
nearby who can contribute to and enhance our lives and our work. As
we get to know each other better and to understand what each of us is
capable of, the more possibilities will emerge for collaborative
work. And collaborative play!


Kathryn Aegis