I recently watched a lecture, given by Lawrence Krauss at the 2014 NECSS. After his lecture he opened the floor to the audience for questions. One man asked him a question that I personally have tried to find a simple, straightforward answer to for a little over a year now. The question was more-or-less, “What do you think about schools encouraging science oriented students to go into fields such as business and finance?”
In summation, Krauss responded, “We, as a society, can not continue to function by just making money. We have to make things, and to make things requires science and engineering.”
About three years ago, my brother-in-law showed me, and others, Lawrence Krauss’ lecture entitled “A Universe from Nothing”, and it is one of my favorite lectures to this day. This hour-long presentation kindled a true sense of curiosity in my mind. However, not just an action-less thought about “what if?” or “how?”, but a real sense of curiosity driven by the use of knowledge and understanding about the universe we live in. It is the main reason, compounded with my desire to make good money in a career I respect and appreciate, that I have begun a long path in academia this year (January 2014).
While I have respect for many people in many fields, my passion lies in what we do not yet fully understand. The fact is that a day will come where Earth will no longer be able to support our species’ existence, and if we want to continue living beyond that time, we have to branch out into the cosmos. I am just as ignorant as anyone else about what that may require, and unfortunately, I realize that I will most likely never see the time humans colonize another spacial body other than Earth. However, the idea that I may be able to contribute, on a species-wide level, to our advancement is an amazing idea that I truly respect.
Do what you love. Love what you do.
Watch the lecture: http://goo.gl/353PdD