Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pass It On

I can't understand the appeal of not doing anything that will help someone other than yourself. I just can't. I blame my delirious brain for this. It must be something to do with doing the right thing. I was born with the idea that doing the right thing means not hurting someone. Also, doing something for the good of someone other than yourself. Maybe it has to do with morals, too.

I first noticed this in elementary, possibly kindergarden. My classmates and I sat on the colorful rug. "Sit Quietly," Our teacher ordered us, so I did. One of my classmates turned to me and accused me of being quiet because I wanted a reward. I stared at her. My brain was confused. Rewards? What rewards, life isn't full of rewards, it probably wanted to scream.

Instead, I just shook my head denying her claim.

Doing the right thing is the right thing to do. It doesn't feel good to do it or make you feel better about yourself. It makes you feel right. Which, doesn't necessarily make you right or anything just doesn't make you feel wrong. Or, feel like you've done the absolute worst thing in your life.

Surprisingly, there are people who can live with themselves knowing they did the wrong thing. Things like cheating authors out of their royalties, lying on your resume, and maybe even causing suffering to someone who is suffering. I can't understand these people.

I can't necessarily avoid them either. They're everywhere! And that upsets me. I know it's too much to ask for, but I would love it if more people do the right thing. Do you do the right thing? Have you done something nice for someone this week? You should, it'll be awesome and you'll make someone's day.

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