Essay No. 13:
Everyone in the world, however great or small, has some aim in life. A prince may have an aim to be a king and a king may have an aim to be an emperor. A clerk aims at being a head-clerk and a peon aims at being a head-peon. Some one’s aim is for fame, some one’s for power, some one’s for money, while some aim at acquiring knowledge.
Accordingly, I have also a high aim of life, though I do not know how far I would be able to realize it. I do not want to run after money, nor after cheap fame or popularity. My aim in life is to get happiness for myself and also for others. To realize this aim, I have resolved to be a doctor and spend my life in the service of others. I believe, it is a good selection.
If I am a good doctor, I would get a lot of money, which I would use for the service of the poor. I would not charge high fees and shall never exploit the needy and the poor at the most critical moments of their life. If I were a good doctor, I would, of course, get fame and popularity. But I would see that I do not become puffed up with pride due to this fame. Being a good doctor, having connections with several families, I would naturally acquire power and influence, but I would see that I do not abuse my power for any ignorable or undeserving work.
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In short, I have fixed my aim to be a doctor, not because it is a profession, which I would fetch more health, fame or power than any other profession, but because it gives better and greater opportunities to serve mankind in their moments of urgent need, when they are involved in a struggle of life and death.
My aim does not end there. I shall devote a part of my time in doing free work in hospitals and charitable dispensaries. I would also devote a part of my time to the welfare of my country and my people. I would take to politics or any public work to serve my country and play my humble part in the social, political, religious and educational reforms, resulting in the progress of my country.
Whether I succeed or fail in my aim, I shall never make wealth or power at the end of my life. I shall never run after the bubble of fame, but shall always work for the happiness of others, while no denying a reasonable share of happiness of myself and my family. In the realization of my aim, I shall follow the principles of truth and justice. Whether I achieve anything substantial in my life is another matter, but I shall always strive to keep my aim pure, honest and honourable. At any rate, I would never dream of living a selfish life of a beast.