The weekend is here. You now have the time to sit back and think about what you are doing with your life. How much of your time is spent pondering this important question?
“The man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from the habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from convictions which have grown up in his mind without the co-operation or consent of his deliberate reason. To such a man the world tends to become definite, finite, obvious; common objects rouse no questions, and unfamiliar possibilities are contemptuously rejected.”
– Bertrand Russell, The Value of Philosophy
The reason why I’m asking is because you have this remarkable skill that nearly everyone wants to put to use in their organisations. But so much of our potential is wasted on work that, in my mind, doesn’t make the world a better place.
“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads”
“To be true to yourself, in this problem-resolving business, you must consider moral questions before you get close to a solution, or even a definition, and thereby begin to lose your sensibility”
– Gerald M Weinberg and Donald C. Gause, Are Your Lights On?
As a software engineer, you have a unique possibility of creating something out of pure thought. Of going almost anywhere and doing almost anything you want. Are you?