I’m a sophomore in college and considering a double major in physics and mechanical engineering – I’m scientifically inclined in this regard and the subjects really engage my interest.
I’ve noticed the trend of people asking “What do I do? What job should I have?” I have to admit that reading your book and some others (Lord of the Rings and other fantasy) makes me feel close to nature. I know that sounds ridiculous, and you discourage use of the word nature, but that’s just the best way to sum up the emotion of a time and a place with no overwhelming, unsustainable technologies. And so I’ve found myself at a crossroads many times.
Do my scholastic interests conflict with my ideals? But the more I think about it, the more I feel that the world needs engineers who think like me – engineers who want to find creative ways to invent sustainable technologies. After all, engineers are not to blame for the state of our society. Ask an engineer how to go to war with the biosphere, and he can tell you. Ask an engineer how to make peace with the biosphere, and he can find a way. Have I found my way?