Humans are shifty creatures. It’s impossible to know who you can trust. A lot of the time, when people or organizations offer their help, they make it appear as if it’s out of the goodness of their heart(s) but it’s often just a financial opportunity or good PR ploy for them. I was just reading about how manufacturers of artificial intervertebral discs are co-owned by surgeons who recommend the use of those very discs. So if you see a neurosurgeon who takes a look at your back and they say, “yup your discs are all fucked but there’s this great brand of artificial discs which I can replace yours with,” you don’t know if they’re being honest about their assessment or the disc they’re recommending — there’s something in it for them in both aspects so there are a few levels of conflict of interest going on there, and I don’t like it one bit.
I find the whole world is like that. Corporations that make a big show of giving money to charities don’t do it because they care. They do it because it’s a massive tax write-off, and it’s good optics to look like you care about disabled kids. Same with politicians who are not currently in power and take up the plight of a group of people who claim to be hard done by — the politicians don’t care about the plight, they care about attracting voters who sympathize with the plight. It’s all bullshit.
Smaller people are just as dishonest and opportunistic too. Car salespeople, mechanics, trades people, dentists, scientists, police officers, judges and lawyers, whatever — if someone thinks they can get ahead at your expense without getting in trouble for it, they’ll usually do it.
It’s a sad world in that regard. You basically have to grope blindly through the dark and get fucked over a bunch of times in the process until you find a few people you can trust. Once you find those people, you have to hold on to them for dear life because they just don’t come along that often.
And that’s my cynical rant for the day.