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Poor by Choice!
...because living for money is a horrible way to live
11th-Jun-2006 11:26 pm
I like the ethic this group is based on, and while I think that it may be near impossible for me to carry out my life plans and not have a job. Ultimately I would like to set up clinics in northern india/tibet/nepal and I have had this dream for 6 years now and will begin medical training next year. However, becoming a doctor (trauma surgeon) is a hard choice for me because of a lot of the issues that surround it, mainly the drug companies, but also general mindset/practice of current medicine. So before I have a huge salary, I need to firmly instill the basics of minimal consumption and simple living or I could end up not saving enough money and never fulfilling this dream. So that is why I am here.

I am an anarchist, a christian, a vegan, and a future med student, and these are only the surface of seeming contradictions that I live in. Feel free to call me out or debate with me on any of this as I need to be questioned at this point in my life.

I saw that there were some issues with introductions before and thought it was a good idea to volunteer one, though I agree with removing the mandatory introduction.

I am interested in urban/home gardening, dumpster diving, and other minimising actions I can take in my life that are somewhat impractical where I live now, but will be when i move to philly. I live out in the countryside now.

13th-Jun-2006 12:43 am (UTC)
I think it will be important to use your training for purposes other than profit for pharmaceutical company/medical industry fat cats. Which I suppose is basically what you plan to do.
Ever considered setting up some sort of free clinic in your town?
Need any tips?
13th-Jun-2006 04:13 am (UTC)
I plan on helping out at a free clinic that the med students at Temple run, but I don't know how it all works. In terms of big pharma, etc. the only realistic way of working as a 'normal' doctor and not playing their game would be to suggest as many herbal and lifestyle changes as possible before just throwing meds at them. I don't know how exactly I'd treat something like schizophrenia though.

You're right about starting something in whatever town I end up living in. Why wait until I can help out another part of the world? Do you have any advice on how to do that? Are you an actual doctor/medic/emt/etc? Also, I feel like being a trauma surgeon at a protest would come in pretty handy if it gets brutal.
14th-Jun-2006 01:01 am (UTC)
No, I'm not any of those things. I meant, do you need any tips on being "poor by choice".

Being a street medic would definitely be an awesome thing to do.
15th-Jun-2006 02:32 am (UTC)
yeah, I guess that's why I joined the group. I have been making a lot more of an effort since the beginning of the year to live a lot simpler. Going vegan has helped save me a lot of money, as has trying to borrow more often than buy. Also, I'm moving to a city so I can get rid of the cara nd walk/bike/mass transit my way around. So general advice like that would be appriciated.
29th-Jun-2006 12:31 am (UTC)
Kind of irrelevant, but I found out that you know my girlfriend Emily (music_is_life). I like coinsidences.
2nd-Nov-2006 02:46 pm (UTC) - doctors need money man
scheister needs to go back to the holy land.

don't stop the american wheel from turning. why not try to make the america of 1945 rather than tryin to make us all live in communes? ever think bout' that son. no ppl are too into ME. try havin a family then tell ME your into yourself.

and poor by choice, what are u kids smoking? i saw poor ppl while i was in the military and be glad for what u have but your atheist mind can't seem to comprehend that can it? bein poor ain't fun. try bein poor and growin up in the south.
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