Jaqaur – Manifesto

One part of the manifesto that stuck out to me was tenet number 4: The Critical Engineer looks beyond the “awe of implementation” to determine methods of influence and their specific effects. This is basically saying that it’s important to consider exactly why you are making the choices you are, and why you are developing the things you are, and if the answer is “because we can,” maybe you should reconsider. It reminded me of Jurassic Park when Ian says “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” Just because something can be developed doesn’t mean its worth the time and resources, even if it would be really impressive or cool. Ultimately, the point of engineering is to improve lives, not to impress others.