Godfrey’s musings: Who cares if DSC top scorers want to be doctors (or lawyers)? (Part 21)

Last week, a certain barrister-turned-celebrity-tutor wrote a blog post about top DSC scorers deciding to study medicine.  He says that many people falsely believe that one must be a doctor or lawyer to be successful.  These future doctors should just stop pretending that they want to save the world, but admit they’re enticed by the money.  He concludes that our top students becoming doctors aren’t necessarily good for Hong Kong.

Do you need to be a doctor or lawyer to be successful?

That’s the gist of his argument.  Of course, this caused an uproar on Facebook.  Those who disagreed took the good opportunity to call him names, and made fun of his failed relationship with our previous Ms. Hong Kong.  Well, I don’t intend to take either side, because the world is neither black nor white, but somewhere in between.  I think what the blogger was saying is that you don’t need to be a doctor or lawyer to be successful.

What if you really want to save the world?

For a start, I agree with this, and I think even many of those who disagree with him would do too.  But on the other hand, it’s judgmental to label everyone who wants to be a doctor to be in it for the money.  These are DSC students – teenagers.  Even if they truly believe being a doctor could save the world, who could blame them?  We were all young once and believed in many things.  They worked hard for the opportunity to be doctors.

Do your parents want you to be a doctor or lawyer?

“Narrow-minded” they may be, many of us have not heard their stories.  Maybe they worked hard to become doctors because their family members suffer from an illness?  If we don’t know, then we shouldn’t judge.  Having said that, maybe there’s some truth in saying that many people do envy professionals like doctors and lawyers.  How many times do we hear parents say they wish their children to be doctors or lawyers?

Truth be told, this is a colonial mind-set.  Under British rule, those in power realise they are ruling a predominately Chinese and problematic population.  To prevent locals from challenging their rule, the colonial government encouraged locals to be apolitical professionals (not politicians), and gave them comfortable lives.  These good locals became well-taught, and obedient.  But as Dick says in Shakespeare’s Henry VI, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the [doctors and] lawyers.

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