Although many ads for charities run on British television throughout the year, the holiday season tends to require an upped ante. Most, if not all, suffering people are actors, who surely earn a good living playing poor people. An advertising agency must be paid. The organization has staff, some of which must earn a decent salary and others that require a travel and entertainment allowance. Rents must be paid. And lawyers fees. I wonder how much money is left over for “doing good”.
This caused me to have another thought: I am not a good person. I am not good at comforting sufferers or downtrodden. All I can offer is sympathy, which does not slake thirst, satiate the hungry, or ease suffering. I have much respect for anyone donating time to caring for the less fortunate. My lack of talent reminds me of one of the few New Yorker cartoons I can remember. A man stands on a dock and speaks to a drowning man: “I can’t swim, but will ten dollars help?” That is why a donate money each year to the Red Cross.
*I chose the title because I found this to be a cool word...I mean, cool looking and sounding. I found it in the thesaurus, while trying to think up a clever title, and felt that it had some relevance, beyond the coolness.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.