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The Engineer’s Manifesto

It occurs to me, this temple is civilization. The masses, peasants, and foot soldiers exist in the cracks of its flagstones, ignorant even of their ignorance. No so the great statesman, scientists, artists and most of all, the teachers of the age, any age, who are civilizations’ architects, masons and priests. I think the pursuit of physics, chemistry and biology is the most important thing we can do. As mathematicians provide the foundation and language for those physicists, chemists and biologists to work on; in turn, they provide the equations and theorems for us engineers to make useful technology and medicine. Hence, if an engineer is a person who must solve the big problem: to determine the existing link between physical theories used to describe reality and nature—and to see whether or not these theories apply locally or totally for medical/technological applications.

Then the second, less talked about problem should be to determine the link we have in order to establish a connection between what we call Science and The Ordinary Language. How can we convey what we know to those who don’t know, in order to truly advance as a Type 3 civilization? Since Galeleo, this language was mathematics, but mathematics is a sort of Greek, and it is foreign to many of us. Ultimately, if we desire to translate for the masses, then the knowledge we have acquired thanks to education and progress we must use in order to dig deeper into the unknowns—to enumerate in it a kind of foreign language of inclusion and embed a diverse system that will provide us with the means to express and address the less talked about problems in society today.

I also think that social scientists discern games in history and formulate game theory rules that govern rises and falls of civilizations. To wit, history admits no rules, only Interactions. What condensates Interactions? Vicious and virtuous Institutions. What precipitates Institutions? Interests. Interests are both prize and battlefield, within the mind and mind’s mirror: the world. If we believe humanity’s Interest is but a ladder of tribes, an exploitation of mice and men, such a humanity shall unquestionably reign. The profoundest, or only, wish for many engineers is to create a minaret that inheritors of Progress a thousand years from now will point to and praise. How vulgar, this hankering after immortality how vain, how false. Engineers, even social scientists, are now merely scribblers, of large corporate cavepaintings, controlled artists for social control (how ironic).

You and I, the educated, the privileged, the fortunate, shall not fare so badly in this world. But what of it if our consciences itch? Why undermine the dominance of our race, our heritage and our legacy? Why fight the Natural Order of things? Because one day, a purely predatory world shall consume itself. For an individual actor, selfishness taints the soul: for the human species as a whole, selfishness is extinction. This cannot be the doom written within our gravitational history and laws of motions, no.

I believe humanity’s interest may transcend vicious Interactions. I believe diverse races and creeds can share this world. I believe leaders must be just, violence muzzled, power accountable and riches of the Earth shared equitably. I am not deceived: it is the hardest of worlds to make real. As history repeats, torturous advances won over generations are lost, and we who would wage battle against the many-headed hydra of corruption must pay a world of pain, and our family must pay it alongside with us all the more. But this pain, this lack, is as close as I’ll ever get to defining my value as a student leader. These battles help me as a student leader, because too often, we try to make others feel better, by saying that it will get better—by minimizing the pain. When in reality, the pain teaches me that it only hurt, because it mattered.

Teaching others this painful truth behind our deeply flawed Institutions, while engineering deep learning innovation for education reform applications is my life mission as a student leader. I am an engineer, and this is my manifesto: to advance our education systems of inclusion and diversity as fast as our technology and medicine evolves.