Misworded Mondays: Give something back

Definition: Many. Typically it is reference to actions that are in accordance with being selfless and benefiting society.
Usage: “After 25 years working as the Director of Marketing, I felt it was time to give something back.”
Reality: Much like social justice, to “give something back” in the American context is a phrase that sounds good, but is essentially an outgrowth of our Christian guilt complex wherein people feel that they must pay a penance for any number of things that they’ve done in life whether good or bad. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, it usually comes about that people feel “helping” others somehow makes up for any misdeeds in their life. It is also the case that what they “give back” has little merit. A prime example is from those in marketing who have no actual discernible skills. Upon burning out in their field or just losing their job, they attempt to lend their “skills” to various entities aimed at benefiting some kind of social cause. The end results are rarely beneficial.
To “give something back” is not a one time portion of ones life. It’s an extremely interesting thing to note that the people who believe this usually drive cars where not necessary, own multiple electronic devices, don’t recycle, live in a free-standing home in the suburbs, consume massively, and do any manner of other ills that are a detriment to the world society at large. Those who want to be taken seriously need to initially take in to account two things: how can my skills truly help others and how can I work to “use less shit”? Especially focusing on the later will benefit a great many more people than coming up with a marketing outreach plan for a small NGO.
Misworded Mondays: Give something back