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> But sitting at a mandated retrospective or mindlessly gluing APIs together doesn't put me over the moon. It makes me feel the opposite (whatever the opposite of being over the moon is). And so, engineers are faced with two realities. One reality is the atmosphere of new technology, its incredible power to transform the human condition, the joy of the art of doing science and engineering, the trials of the creative process, the romance of the frontier. The other reality is the frustration and drudgery of operating in a world of corporate politics, bureaucracy, envy and greed— a world so depressing, that many people quit in frustration, never to come back.

> I have friends in the medical field, and they vent about drudgery and endless bureaucracy all the time. They have more roadblocks than we do, and theirs are objectively worse than ours. The hours are longer, the bureaucracy is more entrenched, the regulators mandate their time be wasted on bullshit, and mistakes can have devastating consequences. Yet I haven't heard of a single doctor who quit his practice and moved to Colorado to run a ski lodge. When I ask why, they all give the same response: the patients. Every day they see patients brought back to health, the bullshit recedes into the background, and they're reminded why they got into medicine.

> The default in engineering is different. We don't have a daily ritual built into our jobs that reminds us why we got into the field. Without a ritual, the drudgery creeps closer and the vision of the monastery recedes. So we must be very deliberate in developing rituals to keep the two realities in their proper proportion.

> I think the reason many engineers have trouble with this is that so much of our field is about knowledge, but rituals aren't about knowledge at all— they're about practice. You must develop a daily mantra, a spell, a routine, whatever you want to call it, and then perform it religiously.
Sure why not :)
2013 年刚上大学那会,我沉迷于 Aaron Sorkin 的新剧《新闻编辑室 / The Newsroom》。第一集中,男主拒绝了女主「做一档真正保障选民知情权的新闻节目」的提议,认为整个国家两极分化的程度已经达到仅次于内战时期的程度,女主的想法是不可能实现的。(当然,之后的剧情走向便是男主如何改变想法,跟女主和整个团队一起试图把新闻做好。)

即使在当时,Sorkin 也因为「过于理想主义」和喜欢对观众说教而受到了大量批评。而生活在 2020 年的美国再回头来看这一段,只能说现实永远高于艺术……

> ... it is almost impossible to think seriously without writing.