Originally Posted by Benesyed
I picked medicine over a few other options because I felt that I would be doing good work every day. It would be very hard for me to do something else because I feel I have an obligation to do good works. I think perhaps it is a question of balance more than anything else. Sometimes though I can't help that it is unjust for me to enjoy luxury with so much basic inequity still around. I'm just a big softy
Great to hear that parker. Its very hard to fit in time with all the studying I have to do to stay on top of school work. I try to do things on my free weekends (post test weekends are usually free since there isn't new material yet, although you can always read ahead).
I almost went in for medicine myself for the same reasons (ended up doing biotechnology because I thought I could still help this way without spending so long in uni) Ben.
Anyway, don't let feelings of guilt stop you from enjoying yourself. You need to be happy and content before you can impart the same feelings to others and if part of that involves enjoying some luxury hobby then so be it. The important thing is to curb excess and do "good works".
Tolstoy said "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." and I believe this is a fundamental problem with the way we go about things in the world. If you are a good person and work on improving yourself, I think you will do good instinctively and have a positive influence on everyone around you whether you are rich or poor.
Donating money is one thing, but it is easily mismanaged and to be honest is an easy way out to make one feel like they have done their bit for those less privileged than themselves. I think volunteering like Parker said (or even donating some of your used Yohji to some homeless people!) probably has more of an effect and you can see the results with your own eyes.
Originally Posted by Parker
Just an aside, it's interesting that a couple of the pieces I have in wool gabardine seem like they will last a very, very long time -- really good construction and substantial materials. By contrast, the few cotton things I have are super delicate and seem designed to disintegrate easily. Intentional commentary on the fragile nature of life? Or is cotton just a dumb material for expensive clothing. (btw, the cotton feels very very nice)
Heh, was just noticing the very same thing. I do have some heavier cotton pieces that look like they will last ages (like the SS00 suit I picked up from wire. Still in excellent condition), but I guess if you go for light cotton there's only so much that can be done to make them durable. I do like the holes developing and so on though. That slow disintegration process is definitely great if viewed in the right light I guess (does depend on the piece though) - wabi-sabi ftw