these good people

the worst celebrities often support the most noble
causes
some because directed to by their
publicity agents,
others, of the less famous
variety
out of their need to be
accepted as good
souls.

beware these who rally too often to
popular causes,
not because the cause is
necessarily wrong
but because their motive is
self-serving–the cause being
their cause.
those people who swarm to
the ringing of bells and
speeches to the gatherings of
the righteously
indignant–
and often those who
ring the bells and give the
speeches–
are far worse as humans
than that or those they might
praise or support
or preach or rail
against.

think, would you want
one of these
smiling on your couch
on a rainy March night
or
any night
at all?

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1991
Source
Original manuscript