In conclusion

In conclusion a job of this sort is potentially a good fit for a person of charitable inclinations — a social worker, a church volunteer — but who is skeptical or otherwise unsuited for work with institutions and who is at least partially buffered against economic considerations. (Without “buffering” you’d probably need two such jobs.)

The service that you can provide is first that which any service worker can do, treating as a human being any person who should fall under your sphere of influence;

— then as an honest and reliable employee to a hard-pressed small business owner, who can’t pay much;

— then as a person who knows English well where that is not always the case, particularly in writing, even among native speakers — who can help fill out job and unemployment applications, write and read official letters, etc.;

— then as a person who has basic computer and smartphone literacy, where people are old and may not have that;

— then as a person needed in emergencies (you’re moving? you’ll be in the hospital?) and gives alms and has time to spare;

— then as a person who listens attentively and without judgment to frequently boring and sometimes egregious monologues;

— then as a constant presence, a reliable fallback, the interlocutor of last resort;

— then as a voice of convention, a voice of what a “normal” person thinks about such topics as — Bitcoin, when to invest, various organic powders and pills, various pseudo-science stuff, various crazy political stuff, with which the uninformed or geographically disoriented are inundated (not telling anyone what to think, but giving people access to conventional wisdom and mainstream accounts);

— and such.

Not to oversell it, but something like this is the way that a service-oriented person could be of service in a career of this kind hypothetically.

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