I don’t understand why people are compelled to post(i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) about every good deed they enact upon in their lives. Out of all the days to be a good person, why did you choose today? We all want to be rewarded and be given that pat on the back. Don’t brag about your good deeds. It only ends up sounding pretentious. It makes people who are sitting on their asses at home feel even shittier about their middle-class lives. Oh, you donated all your clothes to the salvation army? Good for you. No way! I just got your snap chat. You volunteered at the soup kitchen? Wow, stop.You’re entire aura is exuding so much kindness and charitableness, I can’t even bare to look at myself in the mirror right now. Great. I just read your timeline post with the long essay about how you sacrificed your sandwich for a homeless man. You even gave Jerry a side of fries, wow. So let me guess, now you’re committed to donating this time and money on a weekly basis? When you’re filthy rich, you’re going to rent out an apartment for him, right?
Here’s the truth, we’re all craving the recognition and the benefits that come with performing a “good deed”. That is just it though, we are performers. We do things to liven up our daily lives and form our own mindful entertainment for others to feel happy about yourself and make others jealous. We want to be recognized as “good”. We want everyone to say, “He/she was a good person” at our funeral. We want to impress someone, whether this someone is your community, your family, or your significant other, you’re doing it for yourself. You want to be that person who picks up a strangers wallet and returns it to its owner. Not only that, you want everyone to know about it. You want them to see how good of a person you are. In some way, it will spark an influence on that individual who might despite all your kindness. Question yourself. Your first instincts and motives are often what define your moral conscience. Your moral conscience can be swayed any minute now. If it is not coming from the greater good of your heart, you’re not being selfless. But I’m not saying you’re being selfish either because lets face it, we all do it.