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Why we should not wish to warm chairs with our unwilling corporate butts

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Money mouth"Corporate law! Money mouth"
"Wow! Sounds super cool!"
"Litigation lawyer! Laughing"
"Urmm! Are you like...sure?"
"Entrepreneur I am! Cool"
"Oh my God! What about the money! Frown"
The list can go on and on. Let me put it on hold right here.
I am in the 3rd year of studying law. And I have been saturated to the heck of it, with the glamour, importance, ritz, glitz and hullabaloo attached with this one part of law - The Corporate Law. Why, I am ashamed to disclose here that, I too had fallen prey to the mass hysteria. But like everyone, I have had my dose of enlightenment and I couldn't be happier about it! Smile
Corporate law = moneyMoney mouth, more moneyMoney mouth, loads of money Money mouthMoney mouth
Who doesn't want money?! (even though there may be no "need" of it?!)Undecided
Well, I am tired, frankly! With the way we force ourselves to love corporate law. With the way we exert immense pressure on ourselves to let go of living life boundaryless and free. With the way we start having airs about ourselves if we pose ourselves to be the future corporate honchos!
Why is there this nasty colonial hangover in us, that we still want to slave for colonists (national or international)?!
Why do we still want others to lead us by our hands, and why don't we mind even a bit, if we become the slaves of greed, hunger and the dirty Mammon?!
Why do we opt to tread the corporate road, when our passion lies somewhere radically else?
Well, here, a point of caution! I do not wish to convey here that corporate law is a useless vestige of law. No! Corporate law has its own hallowed place in the world economy today, and whatever benefits we may be reaping economically, credit should go to the corporates!
But hold on! There is limit even to madness. We need not sacrifice ourselves, willy-nilly, to a career which offers no personal satisfaction. We should not hold ourselves as prisoners in ourselves! It would be the basest and the gravest violation of all the fundamental human rights, dare we do so! We should learn to let ourselves go free. Be free of the mental shackles. And the mental blocks. And learn to follow our dreams.
Avarice has done no good to anyone. It's better not to force our butts to warm the corporate chairs in air conditioned rooms, when what we really need is the comfort of the natural breeze, out in fields.
So! Let's let go of ourselves! Let's be us! Let's follow our own cherished dreams, instead of slogging it out to realise others' dreams!
Who knows, we could be path blazers in our self created niches, instead of being just one among the hundred toiling assembly line workers in the corporate factories!
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    GK Saturday, 10 Dec 11

    Great piece. Well said.

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    Prachi Saturday, 10 Dec 11

    Kudos Kudos ! You spoke my heart, and that of a lot of others "willing-nilling" to "come out of the closet" !! I hope a lot of us find it in ourselves soon to have the courage to stop caring about the boundaries of wellness as defined by those who have nothing better to do than poke their noses into life-decisions made by those who have, unlike the nose-pokers, enough grit within them to DECIDE !!

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    Vivek Deo Monday, 12 Dec 11

    I completely agree with you. Very nicely written.

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    Detractor Wednesday, 14 Dec 11

    "Wow! Sounds super cool!"
    -You're in a National Law School?

    "Glamour, importance, ritz, glitz and hullabaloo attached with this one part of law - The Corporate Law"
    - I assure you, there's no glamour, importance, ritz and glitz and frankly, I don't know why the hullabaloo. Practising corporate law involves sitting in a room, on a chair, in front of a keyboard and monitor and researching or drafting transactional documents till the wee hours of the night (usually). There's nothing glamorous about it. You're not wearing a fancy robe or a band around your neck or arguing in front of a judge who's simply not interested in hearing what you have to say only for the other side (or sometimes your own client) to insist on an adjournment. Whoever tells you corporate law is glamorous is probably not practicing it. But a lot of people doing corporate law actually enjoy the laws that they read, the drafting that they do, the research that they find and the long hard hours they put in. Maybe you should consider that.

    "But like everyone, I have had my dose of enlightenment and I couldn't be happier about it!"
    - Good. I'm happy for you. You'll have another dose of "enlightenment" once you start litigation.

    "Corporate law = Money , more money, Money, loads of money Money Money" "Who doesn't want money?! (even though there may be no "need" of it?!)"
    - Trust me, money may not be as important when you're in law school. But it gets pretty important (whether you "need" it or not) later on in life.

    "Why is there this nasty colonial hangover in us, that we still want to slave for colonists (national or international)?!
    Why do we still want others to lead us by our hands, and why don't we mind even a bit, if we become the slaves of greed, hunger and the dirty Mammon?!"
    - I don't think you even understand what corporate law means at all.

    "I do not wish to convey here that corporate law is a useless vestige of law. No! Corporate law has its own hallowed place in the world economy today, and whatever benefits we may be reaping economically, credit should go to the corporates!"
    - Why, thank you! On behalf of all greedy corporate lawyers, warming chairs with our "unwilling" corporate butts and prisoners within ourselves, please allow me to convey our gratitude for your ignorant acknowledgment.

    "We need not sacrifice ourselves, willy-nilly, to a career which offers no personal satisfaction."
    - It gives some people a lot of a personal satisfaction. What makes you think, as third year law student who practically knows nothing (okay, I stand corrected - knows absolutely nothing), you understand anything about what personal satisfaction to everyone in this profession is? Its fair to opine on it with respect to yourself, but please don't be so quick to make this ignorant, naive and senseless judgment on behalf of everyone.

    "It's better not to force our butts to warm the corporate chairs in air conditioned rooms, when what we really need is the comfort of the natural breeze, out in fields"
    - Good. Be a shepherd. (not meant to be demeaning to shepherds). Or better still - remain unemployed and experience the natural breeze for the rest of your life. Judging by this statement, and from the rest of your clueless misconceptions, I really don't think you're ready for any field of the law.

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    pranushak Wednesday, 14 Dec 11

    Wow! This comment is amazing! :)
    Thank you, Detractor, for having spent your time in writing this! :)
    They way you have analyzed each and every sentence of my blog is catchy :)
    I have just one thing to say - this blog is addressed to those people, who do not find any personal satisfaction in the corporate job, but still hold on to it (or decide to pursue it while at the law school), just because it fetches them money, and in so doing, kill their creativity and their hidden interests in other fields, say a person whose interest lies in legal journalism, but forces himself/herself into the corporate job for the money it has.
    Rest of the corporate honchos who are doing a great job and who are having a great time, I can't be more happy for them! :)

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