The Picture is from R.A. Wilson’s (RIP) Prometheus Rising, if I recall correctly. And the words are from R.A. (what a coincidence!) Heinlein’s (RIP) Time Enough for Love. I haven’t read that one (and I should). Just Stranger in a Strange Land…
This is actually true for the ones with hive minds (swarm intelligence), such as the ants or the bees. These creatures die, when they are away from their fellows. And this is why people, who don’t crave to improve themselves, are doomed to be dependent on others (in a world where you can trust nobody!). Self sufficiency is imminent.
The whole paragraph is as follows:
“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.”