|You are a scientist and not an engineer.|
|There is nothing wrong with that. You will receive satisfaction from finding out things and from understanding how things work.|
|You may never experience the joy of having lived through a project that actually resulted in a product, which other people buy and use.|
|In compensation, you may on occasion experience the joy of being the only human who for a brief moment of glory found out something about nature that nobody else on this side of Pluto knows about 1).|
|You probably will not earn (or at least not receive) a great deal of money and become the leader of men (and women), but probably you won't miss it very much.|
1) An old joke along this line is: Hans Bethe (or take Weizsäcker if you like) was taking a walk with some girl friend at a nice summer night. The girl remarks on how nice the stars are shining. "Yes", says Bethe, "and right now I am the only one who knows why they are shining" - having just discovered the principles of the hydrogen fusion chain that fires the stars!
© H. Föll (MaWi 2 Skript)