This is something I like to share to all engineers out there…
The LIABILITY of the ENGINEER compared to men of other PROFESSIONS is that his works are OUT in the open where ALL can see them. His ACTS, step by step, are in hard substance.
He CANNOT bury his mistakes in the grave like the DOCTORS.
He CANNOT then argue into thin air or blame the judge like the LAWYERS.
He CANNOT, cover his failures with trees and vines like the ARCHITECTS.
He CANNOT, screen his shortcomings by blaming his opponents and hope people will forget like the POLITICIANS.
The ENGINEER simply CANNOT deny he did it.
If his works DO NOT WORK,
he is DAMNED
On the other hand…
Unlike DOCTORS, he is NOT a life among the weak.
Unlike the SOLDIERS, destruction is NOT his purpose.
Unlike the LAWYERS, quarrels are NOT his daily bread.
To the ENGINEER falls the job of clothing the bare bones of SCIENCE with life, comfort and hope.
NO DOUBT as years go by, people FORGET which ENGINEER did it even if they ever knew.
Or some POLITICIANS put his name on it.
Or they credit it to some PROMOTER who use other peoples’ money…
But the ENGINEER himself looks back at the unending stream of GOODNES, which flows from his SUCCESESS with satisfaction that FEW professions know, and the verdict of his fellow professionals is all the allocade he wants.