Last time I promised to write a bit about the principles and guidelines that I keep in my compass. Here are some of them:
The Obligation of the Order of the Engineer
The UUA Seven Principles
The pledges and creeds of my martial art:
Thunderbird's Professional Oath of Honor
- I participated in the Girl Scouts for 9 years, and I still find their mission in alignment with my own. The Society of Women Engineers partners with the Girl Scouts on many events, and I try to support that partnership however I can.
- The American Order of the Engineer was approximately modeled on the Canadian Iron Ring ceremony, which contains an oath authored by Rudyard Kipling. [link]
- The story I was told, was that there was a bridge in Canada that failed, killing people. The Iron Ring ceremony was developed to remind engineers that their designs affect human lives and well-being.
- I wear my ring to remind myself of the importance of excellence when I sign work.
- While I am not currently a member of a UU congregation, the principles are still near and dear to my heart.
- As a distance learner, I did not travel to campus and was not given this oath in ceremony. Nevertheless, as a Thunderbird Alum, I do wish to live up to it.
- I just clicked-through to The Oath Project. I might sign up for that, I need to read it through further and think about it before I do.
It's a lot. I would like to boil it all down to a few words, a few values that state who I am, but that's going to take me time, reflection, patience.