"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live."
- Henry David Thoreau
An Online Art & Literary Journal Volume III, Summer 2010
In India, where Hari grew up, everyone said one had to get a degree with “scope,” meaning one with good job prospects, like a medical or an engineering degree. All the inspirational books that Hari found in the second-hand book shop said “go forth and get an education to broaden the mind.” Hari thought he might as well be practical while expanding his horizon, so he got a B.A. in economics, which only made for poor job prospects. His father said that government jobs meant respect. His friend Vishwa, who spoke in choppy bursts, said, “In private sector, good pay but lot of work. They make you toil like a donkey and kick your ass if you slack off. In public sector, low pay but no work. Once you get in, you’re set for life, no? All you have to do is move paper from one desk to another and maintain status quo."