Monday, May 03, 2010

Recipe for Life

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 sperm
  • 5 years of upbringing by parent or carer
  • 1 education, level to taste
  • 3 to 5 significant teenage experiences
  • 1 job, skilled or unskilled
  • a pinch of understanding
  • a dash of luck

Method:

  1. Preheat the womb to 37 degrees.
  2. Combine the egg and sperm and gestate in the womb for 9 months.
  3. Once ready, remove the baby and allow to develop for 5 years.
  4. When the 5 years is up, send the child off to be educated.
  5. While the child is being educated, keep a close eye on it to be sure it's doing what you want.
  6. After the child reaches it's thirteenth birthday it will start to become more independent. This is normal and nothing to panic about.
  7. Over the next few years the young adult will experience several things that will, in hindsight, be seen as key points in their development. However at the time they'll likely seem to be just another bad day.
  8. Eventually the adult is likely to leave education and hopefully get a job. One thing to be careful of here is to not assume that learning stops with education. Not many recipes mention this explicitly, but perhaps the most important learning for a life happens outside education.
  9. After seasoning with some understanding and luck, let the new life out into the world.
  10. Life tends to go best with other life, so try to ensure that there is other life around.
Serves one species.

2 comments:

Zaphodikus said...

What happened to the "Quality vs. Quantity" post? Suffering blogger burnout?

Toby said...

Just premature posting from all the excitement!