I hold every man a debtor to his profession. | Francis Bacon
Empires fall. Civilizations sink. Professions die. But let’s leave Atlántidas to the politicians, historicists and other prostituted types of activities. Let’s keep it professional…
Practically any profession is doomed. It doesn’t matter how practical, how important or how vital for the society that profession is. Basically any profession sooner or later will be dead. The only question is when.
In the past there were many professions that everyday life was unimaginable without… I am not talking about some exotic occupations. Those were jobs characterizing a fundamental nature of the social order.
A blacksmith, a tinker, a toy-maker, a dairymaid, a weaver, a broom-maker…
All these amazingly useful craftsmen & women are gone. Nowadays we don’t ride horses and we’re buying “Made in China” t-shirts a bit more often than hand-weaved opera-cloaks… Today you read about these profession in Wikipedia only… Or you can go to some really cool Museums (such as Toronto Black Creek Pioneer Village where I took all these funky pictures), there you can watch a live imitation of that wonderful world of arts and crafts which is lost forever.
Whether we like it or not blacksmith can’t fix an iPad, and we clean our houses with the sophisticated machinery rather than with the broom… Times have changed.
Why I’m telling you all these sentimental banalities (besides of my obvious desire to show-off the shots from the trip)?
Please re-read my first sentence. “Practically any profession is doomed”. I said “practically” because out of all professions there are 3 that will never die. Of course, as time goes by, their visual appearance will be different along with the technical means and methods… But the core essence will remain the same: people always will need to be healed, taught and protected. That’s why doctors, teachers and architects are always going to be around.
Teachers, doctors and architects don’t do business. They provide humanity with the services that allow people to live regardless of the dying civilizations or falling empires. Teachers, doctors and architects guarantee continuity of the mankind, therefore a funny expression that architects are “playing Gods” isn’t so funny, actually.
You can live without an iPad or a vacuum-cleaner. You can even live without Wall Street financial system and without the oil supply from the Middle East. (I know they tell us differently. They lie! Yes, you can.) But you can’t live without a roof above your head, without being able to transfer your knowledge to your child, without good health… You can’t!
I am an architect. So I’ll speak to the architects. (Although I suspect this is somehow might be relevant for teachers and doctors as well).
Colleagues, don’t worry about the low salary, disrespect from the clients and poor business numbers. We don’t do it for fame and money. Some people are chosen to make a lot of money, another are chosen to sell crap…oops, sorry gadgets… to the masses… We are different. We have a mission. We are chosen to be Gods. It’s not easy and apparently not that profitable. Yet in return we are going to live forever. ‘Cause trust me in another 100 or so years people will read about investment-bankers, IT-programmers and i-Pad makers in Wikipedia only… If there will be a Wikipedia.