The word charity has now become a debased antonym of its onetime true meaning. Society in general has become suspicious of those involved in works of charity. The cult of the celebrity has a general pernicious influence of society. However within this realm of charity and altruism the combination of celebrity culture and doing-good is disastrous. It seems that celebrities are allowed to get away with many things merely because they are celebrities. However when a celebrity status is coupled with the post of charity fundraiser then the world is theirs for the taking.
The other issue that the case of Savile brings up is much bigger than Saville himself. That is the issue of the role and job description of charity organisations such as; The Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust and Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Hospital Charitable Trust. Society should be asking the question; who should be charged with the caring for the mentally ill and the disabled? Should the responsibility of funding; the up keep, the treatment and the management of the weak and vulnerable be left in the hand of perverts and publicity-seekers. Perhaps the state and government should be the bodies that should take on the responsibility of looking after the physically and mentally ill.
The situation in the modern state has become ludicrous. State matters are dominated by petty politicking and the process of actually looking after the wellbeing of the citizens is left to rapists, pop stars, TV-chefs, footballers and drug cheats.
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