« on: September 10, 2008, 12:36:19 PM »
I am not in it for the money, I want to do animal welfare or environmental law, and speak for those that cannot speak for themselves. I don't plan on having a husband or children (don't believe in that sort of thing), so I am pretty sure that I will be able to live comfortably as a lawyer not working at some big firm. I mean, I live below the poverty line now and on food stamps and I am doing great!
As far as loans go, the best investment you can make is in yourself, and unlike a house or a car, they can never repossess your degree, so go for it!
You "don't believe in" "having a husband or children"?
"I don't believe in" is an unfortunate phrase since it's only truly applicable to things like the tooth fairy when read literally. But people often use it to mean "I don't think that X is a good/proper/acceptable thing (to do, be, etc.)". For example, "I don't believe in the two-party system" doesn't mean you doubt it exists, it means you disbelieve that it is a good thing.
Therefore, since we know you believe husbands and children exist, we arrive at the conclusion that you meant that you disbelieve that "having a husband or children" is a good thing. You wish nobody had children. Are you glad you exist? If you answered yes, then you didn't even intend the common WRONG meaning of the phrase.
I think you meant you "don't believe having a huband or children is right for you". It's a much more clear way of expressing that idea. I'm not a grammar or spelling nazi, but considering where we are, it's a worthwhile distinction.