"I dont know whats the matter with people, they dont learn by understanding, they learn by some other way - by rote or something. Their knowledge is so fragile" - Richard P. Feynman
Rote - mechanical or habitual repetition of something to be learned.
Deep down I'am only glad with what I choose!
I see and work with few and big men who drive every project, architecture, design and mission by knowledge, experience and continuous learning on matters, where there is more of aptitude and flamboyance combined with structural and far thinking.
I am still worried about the competition as most of my description of my peers here, is the average aptitude!, of which I am accustomed to in the last 17 years, mostly young and have grown for years in the same pattern to senior mentors and so on.
It took time to realize, but to me work is an art, like pottery where its a human thing. It needs skill, patience, an artistic mind and far/structured thinking...