If that drunk old high school guidance counselor of mind had done his job, he would have made clear that the reason why you go on to get things like engineering degrees (or law degrees) is because once you do, you are free:
1. Free from the burden of truth
2. Free from the burden of believing anything you don't want to believe
3. Free to be a ignorant time wasting moron.
A recent experience: two out of three structural engineers surveyed said: Rammed Earth Walls cannot be load-bearing
What kind of crap is that?
How is it that a licensed structural engineers in the year of our lord 2006, with computers, fancy wristwatches, business cards, plastic office furniture and the rest of the insipid capitalist accesories, be allowed to continue operations after they say out loud to paying clients "Rammed earth cannot support a roof."
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS LISTEN UP! RAMMED EARTH WALLS ARE LOAD BEARING.
Here. Read this book. Cancel the golf game, put down the OxyContin, hold off on the cocktails till 11am--what ever it takes. Read the book and let's once and for all put to rest the preposterous notion that rammed earth can't hold up a roof.