I'm looking for career advice. My concerns are dealing with the complexity of today's world. Should you study physics or engineering (or something else) to be less dependent from others? It seems to me that the age of rapid development in various areas such as science & engineering as well as the associated information overflow are threatening more and more the ability of humans to control their own lives fully. Thus you are more and more dependent from others which will increasingly limit your freedom. Be it the standardisation of units or the democratization of nations, you are getting more and more dependent and influenced from other's thoughts, ideas, propaganda, world view, scientific view and so on. Sure, it has advantages such as more prosperity and faster development, but likewise it has its side effects. Nowadays some of us are getting burnouts due to the feel of loosing control or being not be able to understand every aspect of today's theories and concepts or the intuition that somehow everything is explored or you need to be an "veteran from the old days" who is working in such a field for many decades. Why I think that way? Because the scientific publications be it the academic college books or scientific journals are so cryptic for me that I think that I won't reach such an intellectual level because knowledge is mostly compressed into mathematical formulas over the decades and in my opinion you can't experience any observation of an scientific principle which is abstracted to an mathematical formula. So you are sometimes left alone with this "mathematical abstracted observation" or idea from an other person, although you're wondering how this person came to that idea. An other significant example is the intuition that someone in the 50s is more likely to repair an appliance such as an TV without calling an electrician or an other professional. My aim is to live more independently from others as well as other systems such as computers etc. I know that's almost not possible, but I am looking for the best solution to reach such an independence and power. I am scared of that complexity and dependence from others. Of course I care about salaries and power (e.g. knowledge that helps you manage many areas of your live for example repairing or building an appliance with almost no or less help from others), anyone needs a mix of it. However, I don't want to hear such phrases like: "do what you like without looking to the salaries" or something like that because it's not realistic or not appropriate for me to think that way. So, I think that physics would be a great idea to becoming an less dependent human being rather than engineering because it's more specialized and standardised than other subjects. But, my belief system could be incorrect, so I am asking for your experience and your view of things to get myself more sophisticated. Thanks in advance! Notice that my current views represent my intuition or instinct, respectively.