What does DIY really mean?

The word (okay, acronym!) DIY is thrown around a lot nowadays, but what does it really mean? To many, it invokes images of installing a faucet or building your own table. But the true heart of “DIY” is simply knowing (or learning) enough to understand how the objects that we interact with on a daily basis actually work. And although this seems like a simple enough concept, it is incredibly hard to do, encompassing subjects from physics and chemistry, statistics and probabilities, even history and psychology!

The “DIY” concept has become even more important as technology becomes more prevalent. Being able to fix products you have bought and paid for is no longer a given, and legal hurdles have been introduced to create artificial barriers to this simple action. To truly be prepared for the future, you must be able to “Do It Yourself”!

Here at the MMC, I personally strive to make all members and visitors understand the importance of “DIY” (and of just understanding the universe in general)!

Here are some of my favorite quotes on the general subject:

“The evil that is in this world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding.” – Albert Camus

“Our understanding of the world around us is constantly being redefined and expanded, and so therefore, it is wiser to be passionate about seeking for truth than knowing it.” – Bryant McGill

And finally, the best advice anyone can learn:

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi


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