[FoRK] Poll: I would rather my daughter married a Muslim than
Stephen D. Williams
<sdw at lig.net> on
Fri Jun 22 09:49:03 PDT 2007
Eugen Leitl wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 21, 2007 at 11:48:59PM -0700, Lion Kimbro wrote:
>> "What do I want to be when I grow up," a 10 year old asks himself.
>> Science is mute to him.
> The stupid git didn't listen. I did, and the answer was quite
> easy: if you can't become a magician, become a motherfucking
> scientist! But I think I was well past that stage at 10.
> I was blowing shit up to high heavens in the first grade,
> or something.
Exactly. Scientists and engineers and creative people (really creative,
not formulists) are pulling off magic.
> I still think it's an excellent choice, unfortunately, the
> society think a scientist is something much less than a plumber,
> or a car mechanic, at least according to what society pays to
It is sad. It is probably a function of how rewarding the job is in
other ways. Garbage collectors (at least those that own their own truck
/ business) are said to make a lot of money (millionaires in NYC the
story goes). It is obvious it is because it is a crucial and constantly
needed service that no one wants to do. The fastest way to become a
millionaire used to be to open a dry cleaning business. How many of us
would pass up a great science job for that? I passed up many much
better paying technical sales jobs, and even, early on, driving a truck
for UPS which would have paid several times what I was making doing what
I wanted to do. It was probably many years before I made more than I
would have at UPS, but I wouldn't have traded it for anything.
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