Cadge: (v) to ask for or obtain something to which one is not strictly entitled.
I did not know this word.
But for some reason, “cadge” piqued my curiosity. I’m glad I looked it up. I probably will never use it–because people will look at me with that wrinkly face which communicates, “You’re just showing off.”
But to cadge–or cadging–is an infection in our society.
It is a mental illness, leading us to believe that we are to get something before we give something.
All of nature contradicts this assertion:
- Seed comes before harvest.
- Consideration breeds love.
- And we must do unto others if we expect them to do back to us.
But somewhere along the line, we’ve begun to honor the social interaction of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”
We wait to see what is available, what people are willing to give, and then we decide how open and kind we will be to them.
Case in point: People who live in the inner city, who often have darker skin, are not able to make large contributions to their congressman. Therefore, it is unlikely that they will get the potholes fixed on their streets. For after all, the politician is cadging to acquire money to re-elect him or her, and since nickels and dimes rarely add up to dollars, the poor will have to wait until someone who is not elected, elects to help them.
We tout ourselves a Christian nation while promoting a social “take and give” which is Jewish or Muslim. It is a philosophy of retaliation–an attempt to get something before we give something, so we can decide how little we have to give for what we got.
It is nasty business.
And it is doomed to failure because there are certainly people who are better at the game of “cadge” than we are.