ENGINEERS SHOULD BE PROUD
Engineers should be proud of their accomplishments.
We've been major contributors to the great advances that brought people out of a life of grubbing for food from shelter in wet caves, out of the squalor and oppression of life in the Middle Ages, out of the path of severe forces such as floods, and into civilizations that can heal bodies, produce abundance for life, and transport aid to people or take them out of harm's way.
Strong shelter, good energy to heat dwellings and provide transportation, machines to make economical clothing that improved hygiene, and rapid communications are among the many advances that engineers were fundamental to.
(While I say "engineers", that may be a relatively recent word. Constructive work goes back for many millenia - for example, tribal people on the BC coast constructed "clam gardens" to increase growth of clams to harvest, and the Roman Empire built aquaducts to bring good water to settlements.
The underlying principles are the same - rational examination of reality, inventing (often by making logical connections between disparate facts), designing, constructing, testing, then improving as needed. All a great deal of work using both mind and body together.
I credit entrepreneurs too, as they organized people working together, convinced others to risk their earnings financing ventures, and arranged sale/trade of the products.
I use "pride" as good self-esteem coming from living well and accomplishments including self-improvement, not from the conceit common among politicians.)
Yet some engineers accept the notion that humans are unproductive and untrustworthy, thus seem to feel guilt instead of pride. I reject that.
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