Student, young, idealistic, political. In need of money. The stereotype works against me, because it was for these reasons that I applied for a job at a large, secular, international charity (on an hourly rate, not commission) and was brought on as an advocate for the in-house team.
I’ve since quit, because the stress was damaging my health and interfering with my studies, but I still felt somewhat offended when I read the recent article that labeled human beings, doing their job, parasites.
Charity + parasitism = Charasites? It seems appropriate given the way the public view charity advocates: sneaky, manipulative, naive children who don’t know already that the world isn’t worth saving. On more than one occasion on the street when I invited somebody over with a friendly “Hello”, they wandered over with meagre interest and said half heartedly, “C’mon, give us your best pitch”, as if I were a casual amusement.
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Charity: a philanthropic, benevolent or gift-giving organisation. Parasitism: a non-mutual relationship where one organism directly benefits at the expense of another, generally larger, organism.
Thus, a charasite... ?
You know them. Well-meaning, hyper-energetic young people in netball smocks who would just love to talk to you about how much bears, or trees, or whales, or heart research and need your help specifically.
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