The other day, I was walking to Whole Foods when I was stopped by a canvasser from Greenpeace. Because of my experience as a canvasser and my understanding of how difficult that job is, I was very friendly to him and allowed him to give me his whole spiel. The guy was knowledgeable about the topics and seemed genuinely interested in environmentalism. Our similarities allowed us to carry on a 30 minute conversation right on the sidewalk.
Although he was very good at conveying why it was so important for people to sign up and donate, I still refused in the end. I spent most of my time trying to explain why I had a reluctance to donate, but I was unable to. One thing I did say was the advice that Chomsky gave me about having to focus one's efforts on a few things because there are just too many issues. I do believe that this is part of the explanation, but there is something else about signing up and donating that I just do not like. It might be because I feel like it would not do much or maybe it is because I need a lot of time before I decide to support an organization. I do not know; I am still unable to explain it. However, I do know that I have spent too much time trying to figure this out.
All things considered, it was a very good discussion and I do not regret to have had it. Though the next time this happens I will make sure to give the canvasser a more succinct answer so that we do not waste anyone's time.