replytome Posted February 8, 2012 Share Posted February 8, 2012 Ok, so I just got off the phone with my dad, and I was telling him that I've booked to go to Spain during my easter holidays to help out at an orphanage. I told him that I'm sick of the material mindset and the whole idea of living in excess. My plan is to work, and instead of going on holidays at resorts and just sit around and ''enjoy'' myself for two weeks, I plan on doing volunteering trips instead... e.g. see African countries by going there to help build a school or something, or see Tibet by going there to work at an orphanage. I would live with local families, really get immersed into their culture and the money I pay for the program would go directly to that family. I mean, after two weeks of that I would definitely be sooo much happier than after two weeks of chilling at a resort playing golf or something. It would seem normal to me for him to be happy that his son is a good human being who cares about things like kindness, rather than ''get as much stuff before you die as possible, nothing's more important.'' Until now I've done everything right! Everything my parents would ever have wanted me to do. I did my bachelor, worked for a year earning EUR 40K per annum, and now I'm doing my Master degree. So, my dad responded by saying, why do you want to hop around. Think of yourself first, and focus on work etc etc.... I said I am and I have, but 2 - 4 weeks out of my life to help others and give back to society is not a bad thing... Basically he just wouldn't digress. The thing is, my best friend is a billionaire, and he paid for my 5 star holiday in Dubai. When my dad saw the pictures of that holiday he was really happy and was saying how proud he was of me.... what the hell?? That was NOT an achievement. I didn't ''deserve'' it or anything, I just got lucky that my friend was very nice. It's hard to accept that his ideals are so different. My mother is kind of the same. I am not religious at all. I don't believe there's anything beyond what we witness. However, I strongly think that there is only one thing greater than the universe, and that is showing kindness and love to our fellow living things. All this material stuff will wither, and anything we do for ourselves beyond necessities is just empty and meaningless in time. But helping kindness prevail in a chaotic world, I believe, is echoed beyond the limits of our universe and that echo is never-ending. But I really wish my parents would be proud of me when it counts. And I wish that helping others was seen as a good thing, not a ''hippy'' or ''socialist'' thing. Link to comment
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