An engineer’s mind / Mente de ingeniero

Bridges, buildings and towers bring a sort of order and structure into our otherwise wobbly lives.

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The Tower Bridge in Sacramento, California

 

Tower Bridge, Sacramento, California (November, 2014)

Puentes, torres y edificios ofrecen orden y estructura a nuestras movedizas vidas. Orden y estructura ayudan a entender lo enrevesado de la existencia humana. Es por ello que muchos de nosotros nos sentimos seguros y a gusto en las ciudades. Hay confort en las líneas rectas y en las formas familiares de una ciudad. Hay un sentido de alivio en las predecibles figuras geométricas. Hay seguridad en la repetición. Los ingenieros organizan nuestros alrededores citadinos de manera precisa y nos brindan objetos ordenados para nuestro refugio mental. Efectivamente, la mente de un ingeniero exuda rutina y aburrimiento, pero -ojo- también es extremadamente útil. Algunos hombres están acostumbrados a sobrevivir y a progresar en el caos de la naturaleza. El resto de nosotros necesitamos de las creaciones humanas.

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Bridges, buildings and towers bring a sort of order and structure into our otherwise wobbly lives. Not that there is anything wrong with our wobbly lives, but order and structure are the first steps in sorting out the intricacies of our wavy human existence.  That is why many of us feel secure and welcomed in cities. There is comfort in straight lines and familiar shapes. There is a sense of relief in the predictable geometrical figures. There is security in repetition. Engineers organize our surroundings very neatly and provide us with security blankets while we figure out the chaos in the remainder of the world. Yes, it may seem boring or even routine, but an engineer’s mind is also useful. Some humans are wired to strive in the unpredictability of nature. Lucky them. The rest of us need human creations.

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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