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The Obligation of the Engineer

I am an Engineer.

In my profession I take deep pride. To it, I owe solemn obligations.

Since the Stone Age, human progress has been spurred by the engineering genius.

Engineers have made usable nature’s vast resources of material and energy for Humanity’s [Mankind’s] benefit.

Engineers have vitalized and turned to practical use the principles of science and the means of technology.

Were it not for this heritage of accumulated experience, my efforts would be feeble.

As an Engineer, I pledge to practice integrity and fair dealing, tolerance and respect, and to uphold devotion to the standards and the dignity of my profession, conscious always that my skill carries with it the obligation to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.

As an Engineer, [in humility and with the need for Divine guidance,] I shall participate in none but honest enterprises.

When needed, my skill and knowledge shall be given without reservation for the public good.

In the performance of duty and in fidelity to my profession, I shall give the utmost.

The Obligation of the Engineer

Song: Buachaill ón Éirne

Sung by The Corrs

Buachaill ón Éirne mé ‘s bhréagfainn cailín deas óg
Ní iarrfainn bó spré léi tá mé fhéin saibhir go leor
‘S liom Corcaigh da mhéid é, dhá thaobh
a’ ghleanna ‘s Tír Eoghain
‘S mura n-athraí mé béasaí ‘s mé n’ t-oidhr’
ar Chontae Mhaigh Eo

Rachaidh mé ‘márach ag dhéanamh leanna fán choill
Gan choite gan bád gan gráinnín brach’ ar bith liom
Ach duilliúr na gcraobh mar éadaigh leapa os mo chionn
‘S óró sheacht m’anam déag thú ‘s tú ‘féachaint orm anall

Buachailleacht bó, mo leo, nár chleacht mise ariamh
Ach ag imirt ‘s ag ól le h’ógmhná deasa an tsliabh
Má chaill mé mo stór ní moide gur chaill mé mo chiall
A’s ní mó liom do phóg ná’n bhróg atáim ag caitheamh le bliain

Translation

I’m a boy from Lough Erne and I could charm a nice young girl
I would not ask for her wealth as I am rich enough myself
I own a good part of Cork, two sides of the glen in Tyrone

And not to repeat myself I’m the heir of County Mayo
I will go tomorrow to make ale in the wood
Without a cot without a boat without a pinch of gruel with me
But leaves of the branches as bedclothes over my head
And think well done for you as you watch me from over there

A cowherd, my pet, I’ve never been accustomed to be
Instead of playing and drinking with the nice young women
on the mountain side
If I lost my riches I probably didn’t lose my senses
And your kiss is no more to me now than a shoe worn for a year

Song: I Won’t Give Up

By Jason Mraz

When I look into your eyes
It’s like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
Well there’s so much they hold
And just like them old stars
I see that you’ve come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up

And when you’re needing your space
To do some navigating
I’ll be here patiently waiting
To see what you find

‘Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We’ve got a lot to learn
God knows we’re worth it
No, I won’t give up

I don’t wanna be someone who walks away so easily
I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make
Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use the tools and gifts
We got yeah we got a lot at stake
And in the end, you’re still my friend at least we did intend
For us to work we didn’t break, we didn’t burn
We had to learn, how to bend without the world caving in
I had to learn what I got, and what I’m not
And who I am

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up
I’m still looking up

I won’t give up (No I’m not) on us (Giving up)
God knows I’m tough (I am tough), He knows (I am loved)
We got a lot (We’re alive) to learn (We are loved)
God knows we’re worth it (And we’re worth it)

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up

Happy New Year 2012

Life can only be understood backwards, but living is moving forward. Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow.

Let’s welcome 2012 with full and new spirit, commitment for us to be a better person, for ourselves and for others.

Happy New Year, folks!

I just found this interesting article on Gotham Gal’s site mentioning Warren Buffett’s solution to end deficit in United States. I do concur what he said. I think that we just rely too much our faith on politicians who sit on Congress or Parliament to decide things on our lives, while we actually can do the opposite. Politicians should be holding more responsibilities to whom they represent. Without us, they are nothing. So, I am suggesting you to read that article to get his words in full.

We apparently could apply the same rules to manage Indonesia’s recent situation. By having or perhaps pushing politicians to care enough about other people should be sufficient to address many issues we currently have, such as poverty, corruption, low law enforcement, deforrestation, etc. Unfortunately it’s not as easy as being said. No doubt, we need huge efforts and commitment in all aspects to make it happen.

Alright, just to sum up things, please see the following image. Do you agree?

Tujuh Langkah Kesabaran

Versi audio:

Sebuah rumah gubuk kecil berdiri anggun di tanah pegunungan yang indah dan hijau. Di gubuk yang terpencil itu, tinggallah seorang kakek tua yang sangat terkenal karena kebijaksanaannya. Banyak orang dari berbagai tempat datang kepadanya untuk meminta nasehat si kakek tua itu. Suatu hari, datanglah seorang pria yang telah tiga hari lamanya menempuh perjalanan dengan berjalan kaki. Sesampai di hadapan si kakek tua, pria itu memohon nasehat tentang bagaimana cara mengendalikan emosi yang tidak terkendali.

Setelah sejenak memandang pria tersebut, sang kakek tua nan bijak itu pun berkata, ”Anak muda, setiap kali engkau tersinggung atau terpancing untuk marah-marah, ingatlah Tujuh langkah kesabaran. Untuk itu, lakukanlah melangkah mundur tujuh langkah, lalu maju tujuh langkah, dan lakukan hal tersebut tujuh kali kali berturut-turut. Lakukan dengan langkah mantap sambil berhitung. Setelah itu, barulah engkau ambil keputusan bertindak.”

Merasa mendapatkan nasihat bijak, pria itu pulang kembali ke desanya. Ia yakin sekali masalah emosi yang dideritanya pasti bisa terpecahkan. Tiga hari perjalanan kembali harus dia tempuh. Hari telah larut ketika ia sampai di rumah. Dengan pakaian yang lusuh, badan letih dan pegal-pegal, serta perut sangat lapar, ia masuk ke dalam kamar istrinya. Di kepalanya, ia hendak meminta istrinya supaya menyediakan makan malam dan air hangat untuk mandi. Tetapi seperti disambar geledek, pria itu mendapati istrinya sedang tertidur lelap di balik selimut dengan orang lain.

Demi melihat pemandangan menjijikkan itu, langsung amarahnya meluap tak tertahankan lagi. ”Kurang ajar! Baru ditinggal sebentar saja sudah berani menyeleweng…!” Tanpa berpikir panjang, pria itu mencabut belati dan hendak menghabisi keduanya. Tetapi, seketika itu juga dirinya teringat dengan nasehat si kakek tua yang bijak. Sambil tetap mengangkat tangan menghunus belati, pria itu mulai menjalankan nasihat si kakek. Ia melangkah sambil menghitung, mundur tujuh langkah, maju tujuh langkah. Kembali lagi, sampai akhirnya suara hitungan dan hentakan kakinya membangunkan sang istri.

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Feeling Content

“…

We’re endlessly looking at how others do things, for inspiration and ideas … but we end up wanting to try those things too. That sounds harmless until you realize that you’ll buy almost anything because someone wrote about it and made it sound amazing. You’ll live a life of an endless series of purchases because of what other people are doing. And it never ends.

Even if you don’t buy stuff, you’ll change your life endlessly, based on what others are doing. You’ll give up your couch, you’ll stop buying Ikea furniture, then give up your cell phone, then give up your computer, then start doing yoga, then become a Zen monk, then create a tech startup. Those things are amazing, sure … but when does it ever end?

When do we ever feel content with the life we’re living?

If you look to the lives of others,
you’ll always find yourself lacking.

Look instead at what you have,
and be grateful.

Reduce your needs,
and be content.

And your life of striving
for perfection, for the future,
will become a life of balance,
of the moment, of inner peace.

…”

~Leo Babauta, “The Comparison Trap”