So we carry on, sad for those who don't possess the superior insight, the penetrating wisdom, the mastery of life's hidden mysteries that we are burdened with. Like Uncle Andrew Ketterley from C.S. Lewis' The Magician's Nephew:
Oh, I see. You mean that little boys ought to keep their promises. Very true: most right and proper, I'm sure, and I'm very glad you have been taught to do it. But of course you must understand that rules of that sort, however excellent they may be for little boys - and servants - and women - and even people in general, can't possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages. No, Digory. Men like me, who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy, is a high and lonely destiny.
Unfortunately, we forget that engineers see things differently than us non-technical folks. And our car mechanic may not ascribe to us the glory we may feel we are due, but he certainly knows what that funny sound is and why it's killing my gas mileage. Or the owner of the plumbing company that repaired my broken pipe. Or the grocery clerk that made sure my eggs were placed in a separate bag from the juice bottle. Or the bank teller. Or the insurance agent.
And especially the pastor.
When presenting the concept for an 8' x 14' illustration that was to grace the wall of our church, my pastor loved what he saw. And then, looking a bit longer, he got uncomfortably silent. Sheepishly, he asked if I could make a change that would tell some of the story more clearly.
"Sure," I replied.
To say he was relieved was an understatement. He was prepared to hear a litany of reasons why I knew better and that he was one of the uninitiated who just didn't get it. The truth is, he knows the people he serves better than I do. And the bottom line is that he and I are in this together.
Does he always get what I do? No. Do I always understand what he does? Definitely not. Have we promised to work at understanding one another, knowing we won't always be spot on? Absolutely.