It’s no surprise America is big on volunteering — the ultimate quick fix to feeling better than someone else. Pity, as you rightly suggest, is a power play, a way of setting up who decides on the winners and l…
I hadn’t thought of it this way and now it feels like a revelation, but not a felicitous one. 😐
Then again, I also suspect that for every person who wants to lord it over fellow humans there are several who genuinely want to make a difference without seeking any brownie points.
And when governments and institutions systematically fail as is the case in this capitalist monsterhood, it’s down to people to pick up the slack and deal.
Volunteering is a way of doing so.