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            WE ARE ALL DEFICIENT. Add your comment on this item25

             

            Consider a list of all human competencies. How many might there be? For each competency consider the range of performance, from total inability to perform, to novice, stages of learning, to levels of mastery.  The Olympics (2008 in China is continuing as I write) highlights a very small set of human competencies in moving the body, and the medal winners' skills are far, far beyond with a beginner could do. Such vast differences from novice to master are found in most competencies. The performance of masters can be greatly improved, from new training techniques to the use of tools. Technology continues to expand the field of human competencies, sometimes opening up a new domain of competencies never before performed, or where the performance level was very limited. Add your comment on this item26

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            Consider a profile grid of all competencies with their respective levels of performance.  Mark yourself on the grid: for each competency choose a level. My personal profile would show competencies above novice (or unknown, probably low) for a very small percent of the list.  Now ask, if you were to put all effort in learning new competencies and raising your level of performance in others, how much greater would you profile be in, say 40 years?  Mine would be much greater than it is now, but it still would be but a very small part of what was my open potential (given the time and facility). Add your comment on this item28

             

            One more consideration. Check those competencies you believe you could not achieve high levels of performance, no matter how hard you tried.  A person without a visual cortex would have many competencies excluded.  Sometimes substitute competencies may suffice; but the fact is that we are all limited in our lifetime to develop only a very small percent of our potential competencies. Add your comment on this item29

             

            I exclude here far out fantasies of having DNA, brain, or whole body transplants with robotic enhancements including direct brain access to super computers. And this coupled with extreme longevity.  We must accept that for the near future we, individual human beings, are each limited; and not only limited, but actually disabled or handicapped in many ways. Add your comment on this item30

             

            Accepting this reality can be liberating. We cannot be expected to do everything. I don't feel bad because I can't read every book I would like to read, meet every person I would like to meet, visit every place I would like to visit, etc. Add your comment on this item31

 


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