It’s tricky to criticize a person that works in social activism. Whether you’re a businessperson, athlete, unemployed writer, or high-price escort, you’ll be starting with considerably less credibility from an altruism standpoint. Who are you to be critical of how they go about their work? They’re out there trying to make the world a better place, and you’re out there whoring yourself for bigger paydays (literally, in the final example).
If they’re dedicating their entire week – if not their entire life – to a cause greater than their own bank account, then logic seems to dictate they will, in fact, do much more than the average member of society to make the world a better place.
In theory, yes. In practice, though… not so straightforward. For every Mother Teresa, there are far too many Al Sharptons. For every individual who is truly and unquestionably dedicated to the Greater Good, many more are interested in pursuing adulation for their personal benefit. Their work becomes less about affecting the cause they champion, and more about creating an identity – or even worse, a brand – that can be promoted for individual reward.