Monday, June 24, 2013
The Magic of Engineering
All too often we get an idea, a marvelous world improving idea. We glory in the rush of adrenalin and dreams of a better future. Hard on the heels of this happy idea is the tiring realization that between the idea and realization of the idea is a deep canyon. The gap of not having a smooth road to this wonderful future can shut us down completely. There are so many problems to solve, so much to discover that we may be in danger of giving up on our genius idea. Fortunately for wise magicians we know to search for all the magic wands that humanity has discovered over the centuries. One such magic wand is 'engineering'. Engineering is the practice of planning, of astute problem solving, of building connections, of experimenting until we find a workable solution. We can build bridges. We can make connections. We can see what works. Look at the great engineering marvels of the ages. The cathedrals, the dams, the great bridges, the canals, were not built in only a day. Nor did the builders give up on finding a solution. New techniques were created when needed. Knowledge was shared. Many people worked together. So I say to all wise magicians out there: "Cherish your idea and engineer a way to bring it to fruitful reality. May the spark be with you."