n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Thought Campaign - Think more. Be more. : SAICE and professional news

Volume 21, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



I've always been unsettled by the expression that small things amuse small minds, which casts an inherently negative and somewhat condescending light on the subject. This creates great discomfort, as it essentially imposes critical judgement on the creative process of the mind, which is not at all conducive to imaginative and innovative thinking to begin with. I'd rather like to perpetuate the idea that the greatest minds can be inspired by the smallest of things. This is indeed a much more positive perspective and one which resonates well with the contemplative nature of the engineering mind. I also find it to be a valuable trait in the South African context at large. Amidst the chaos and struggle we seem to have developed an exceptional affinity for appreciating the small and simple things in life, both in thought and action. Somehow we've managed to remain justifiably optimistic about the road ahead.

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