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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 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.
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