Sunday’s New York Times Magazine had a fascinating article about the way young and old engineers in Silicon Valley have developed distance from, and scorn for, each other. It was great to see that another profession has the same kind of problem as religion, as new generations attempt to enter a profession.
It got me wondering: why is this not happening for the hands-on artisans for whom I do the occasional memorial services? The young folks take time off from work to show up and pay tribute to mentors. The families of the mentors talk about the pride in passing along a craft. Yet these folks are electricians, lab technicians, not people stuck in buggy whips. New learning is something they seem to share with each other, rather than a competition, a prize.
There is no way I can figure out this difference, but I can see it. And now, here it is for you as well.