At one point or another, we've all been desperate for something, whether it be human contact, money, answers to unknown questions, weight loss, or any other myraid of things that cause that feeling of just wanting something...and willing to do almost anything to get it. No other emotion is as easily identified and picked up on as desperation, perhaps because we've all been there.
The sad thing is, there are people out there that specifically look for the desperate to prey on. Slimy men look for desperate chicks to get into bed. Slimy salesmen look for desperate folks to push their products onto. Slimy scam artists prey on the desperate claiming to have all the answers- for a price.
The slime know exactly how to spot desperation, and know all the right things to say. Its quite fascinating, really, that essentially millions of people make their living by being a parasite. These people take advantage of a persons weakest moment for their own personal gain. Who knows, maybe some of these parasites actually operate under the philosophy that they are helping?
I'm sure at times in my life I have been both victim and parasite- you know, they whole "sometimes you're the dog, and sometimes you're the hydrant?" I don't plan on never being a hydrant again, because, that's just a reality of life. However, I do plan on continuing to recognizing dogs headed my way, and knowing what to expect (a whole lot of piss). Along the same lines, when I'm feeling doggish, and have to pee, I'll try to avoid the hydrants.