Here, on my 78th birthday I reflect on my accomplishments (Def: Things I have done successfully) and realize that however much I have achieved, however many roads I have traveled, however many times I have won, I have never done so much that I have earned the right to bring others down for theirs. Bashing others for your abhorrence of their success, for your jealousy of their triumphs, or for your own ineptitude is the greatest measure of smallness, weakness and failure.
My accomplishments (Def. Things I have done successfully) have all come from a fifty year stint in the construction business. As a Civil Engineer I chose to build things. To my accomplishments I list, one of the Camp David Accord Airbases in Israel, nominated “One of the top 125 Construction Projects in the past 125 years” by Engineering News Record. I list some hundreds of miles of freeways including hundreds of bridge structures and millions of cubic yards of earthmoving. I list countless hours working shoulder to shoulder with carpenters, masons, ironworkers and laborers in the sheer joy of “getting it done”. I identify with builders.
I am appalled at the antics of those who feel the need to bring down winners, especially bringing down those in the business I love. Jon Stewart, Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert have not earned the right to say what they have said, and have only shown us the depths of their own irrelevance and worthlessness. Shame on you boys. Is there no limit to the depth of your triviality?