Friday, May 27, 2011

Dreaming

I miss the days when people asked me "what do you want to do when you grow up?"
Nowadays, I get asked "what are you going to do with your life?" or "what field do you think you'll go into?" or "what are your plans?"
I love to travel and I love to write. I've always said I could be dirt poor as long as I had enough money to travel. I could be perfectly happy in a 500 sq. feet apartment spending 60% of my income on traveling.
I think I'd like to be a journalist. Not the ones that go to free concerts and write about really good teachers. I'd like to be the journalist who lives in Rwanda or Kenya and writes stories back home.
Unfortunately, getting a gig like that is nearly impossible.
I've been leaning toward dedicating my life to humanitarian work lately. That's probably naive and crazy of me, but I think I could be really happy spending my life working for human rights. Maybe I'm a socialist.
There's this funny dichotomy in humanitarian work.
One one hand you have the organizations. The people like Bono who spend enormous amounts of money and time fighting for change. These are the people who are trying to solve the problems rather than just help those who struggle right now. It's a fight for the next generation being born into poverty rather than those who currently live in deep poverty.
On the other hand you have the individuals. The people who are never famous, but who spend their life in the Congo teaching English to children without shoes. Once that person is gone, the children will not learn English, so they're not really solving the problem, but while they're there, a hell of a lot of kids learn English.
So that's the dichotomy: the course that is more effective in the long run but is ridiculously difficult to be successful in or the course where you help real people, but can't really save the next generation.
What do you think? Anyone? Which route would you take to spend your time and money?

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