Robot ship day

Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2010 at 8:31 pm in

Tomorrow the robot our team made will be shipped to a warehouse. I will choose this moment to reflect on my FIRST experience.

Our team is kind of falling out of favor. Our school is full of people who think it’s cool but aren’t interested, and the interest is vital. We don’t have much of that here. I became convinced that some of my team members were hopeless on multiple occasions. I’m not blaming anyone, it could be my fault for not being able to inspire them. But I feel like even if I did, I’d still have to hold their hand the whole way. And I’m not a babysitter, I’m an engineer. And our school is one of the best in the country, supposedly, and it’s always scared me. If this is one of the best, what must the others be like?

This program has certainly given me passion and experience in engineering and science. I feel some confidence that I could solve "the world’s problems"… but I feel no motivation to do so. We didn’t make those problems on purpose, they were merely a result of everyone trying to get everything they possibly could out of life, without thought to long term consequences or the reality of necessity. I don’t feel like sharing the benefits of a solution with people like this. If we’re going to fix the problems we really ought to fix the troublemakers first…and I don’t see why it’s worth it. I’d be saving a civilization with the arrogance to assume it owns the place when it doesn’t. And so far, we don’t deserve to own it.

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