For a few years in college, I had angst about society encouraging me to go into a “practical” career that made money. I felt like the little kid in this cartoon, being forced to stand in the corner until I gave up on my idealism.
Lately though, I’ve found that it’s possible to make a living, and be idealistic too. I’ve tried to meet people doing this kind of work.
Cory Booker talked about this at the Cornell commencement (at minute 43:20).
A cool video on this theme: