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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading Song: Buachaill ón Éirne

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 … Continue reading Song: I Won’t Give Up

Warren Buffett’s Solution to End Deficit

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 … Continue reading Warren Buffett’s Solution to End Deficit

Tujuh Langkah Kesabaran

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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 … Continue reading Feeling Content