This is an interesting topic and it was nice reading some of the shared experiences. While personal feeling is an important initiator of things, it is not something one is supposed to stick to – as one moves beyond the initial stage of subjectivity of feelings to the rationality of objectivity. The importance of feelings (perhaps sort of intuitions that mature through experience) could be understood from sayings such as, this does not seem right.
But when one moves from this initial stage into the next – into analyzing and diagnosing a problem – to seeking and generating solutions by identifying their merits and shortcomings – to assessing the effects of solutions, there is no room for influences afforded by feelings. Professionalism demands the process to be justifiable and verifiable, and personal feelings have no value at this stage. If feelings were to influence – the array of solutions becomes compromised – biasing the decision-making in one way or another that may have far-reaching consequences.
HAPPY LABOR DAY to all at ASCE Collaborate!