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Would you commit to doing something good today?

Asked by 6rant6 (13619 points ) January 4th, 2011

Just wondering.

Would you commit to doing something good today just because I posted this here and asked you to do so?

It would have to be something that you would not have done had you not seen this. Could be something good for yourself (not just good to yourself) or good for someone else.

Obviously, I’d like to know what it is, too.

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partyparty's avatar

Yes I will do something good. I am going to eat yet some more of the yummy chocolates I received as gifts for Christmas

poisonedantidote's avatar

I’ll give it a go, but I’m not very good at thinking up things. I’m not the kind of person who would help an old lady cross the street, because maybe she will be insulted that I think she is old, or maybe she does not want to cross the street, and then I end up looking like a loonatic.

Small donation of $5 to cancer research perhaps? I’ll be having a think.

blueiiznh's avatar

Of course. I will look for an opportunity and check in later. I enjoy the Pay It Forward kind of actions. Nice suggestion.

6rant6's avatar

Apparently @partyparty can’t see the difference between “good to yourself” and “good for yourself”. Happy diabetes everyone!

partyparty's avatar

@6rant6 According to this article A Little of What you Fancy Does you Good. I can’t argue with that can I? :)

6rant6's avatar

@partyparty And I’m sure you can find articles on how people who collect guns are the safest neighbors, and people who are obese live the happiest lives.

Your article was sourced from a group called, “Associates for Research Into the Science of Enjoyment.” That is a tobacco industry funded group. So they are paid to tell people, “Go ahead and indulge; it’s GOOD for you.” Just a clue for you: They are lying.

YoBob's avatar

@6rant6, just for the record, I count my gun collecting friends and neighbors among the safest and sanest people I know. The ones I really worry about are those deluded enough to believe that a cop will suddenly spring out of the woodwork like some sort of blue clad super hero to save your ass in the event some nut case crack head decides to break into your home, murder your wife, violently rape your 12 year old daughter before your eyes for jollies before sodomizing you with, then beating you to death with that golf club they ripped out of your hand after your first swing (you know the club, it’s the one you had hidden behind your door thinking that it would do you some good in such a situation).

I assure you that should the same crack head try something similar in the homes of any number of law abiding gun collectors I know, the scenario is much more likely to end quite a bit differently.

6rant6's avatar

@YoBob Unfortunately, we both know your gun-toting friends are much more likely to kill their spouse for real or imagined infidelity than they are to kill a crack head who breaks in unless they live in a crack house, of course. They are also much more like to kill themselves with their guns than any nefarious intruders.

You could write the article, by the way. I’m sure someone will reference it here one day.

AmWiser's avatar

Thanks @6rant6 Since I have no plans to leave the house today, I just called an elderly aunt who told me I made her day with our little chat (actually we talked for 30 minutes).

6rant6's avatar

Oh and @YoBob, it’s the neighbors you don’t know have weapons collections that you need to be most worried about.

Just sayin’.

6rant6's avatar

Thank YOU @AmWiser You made my day, too.

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YoBob's avatar

@6rant6, Well, all I can say is that of the many gun owners I know, I have never known one who has killed his wife for real or imagined infidelity. I have, however, known more than one who have used a firearm in legitimate self defense.

Let me tell you a story of my grandmother, a widower living alone with two small children, one of whom was my mother as a girl of around the age in my (hopefully) fictitious scenario above. This was in the 50’s when screen doors were made of metal screen. It was late at night when she heard the sound of somebody cutting the screen. She responded by grabbing a pump action .12 gauge she kept in the hall closet, pointed it at the front door, audibly “shucked” the action and said “I don’t know who you are, but I guarantee that if you set one foot in that door it will be the last step you ever take!”. The noise stopped and the next morning a visual inspection verified that somebody had, in fact, been cutting open the screen. In short that woman with a shotgun prevented what would have, at best, been a burglary and at worst ended in something quite a bit more horrific. Of course, no shots were fired and no lives were lost so it didn’t make the evening news nor is it included in any statistics. Unfortunately, because such incidents do not wind up in any statistic we have no way of knowing how often firearms are used in the legitimate prevention of crime where no shots are fired.

I do have other more contemporary stories from personal acquaintances, some of them cops, others average citizens if you care for me to recount them. But I’m sure you have already set your “guns are evil and anyone who thinks otherwise must be insane” shields to max so I won’t waste the electrons.

Oh, and for the record, I’m glad that I don’t know who all has weapons collections. That way there is no way for the would be criminal to know if (s)he is breaking into a house where they will be met with little resistance or one where they are likely to get an ass full of .00 buck shot. It makes the whole breaking and entering thing a bit more of a dangerous endeavor.

As for getting back to the original question. I do think I will do something good today. I believe it is a great day to oil up a couple of firearms in the collection that haven’t been tended to in awhile… ;) Come to think of it, I also need to do some work on that holster project that a friend on active duty in Afghanistan asked me to make.

BoBo1946's avatar

Nope… I refuse! It’s my day to be bad! So….....

Seelix's avatar

Wow! How did this turn from a happy question into such a mean thread? If @partyparty wants to eat chocolate and it makes her happy, why should that bother anyone?

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majorrich's avatar

I’ve been involved In Boy Scouting for over 40 years. The scout motto is ‘do a good turn daily’ I have strived to do that most of my life. I keep a coin in my left pocket, and transfer it to my right pocket if I succeed each day.

6rant6's avatar

@majorrich Very nice.

And so for the record, the sixty four dollar question (and the one I asked):

Would you do something good because you saw this post that you would not otherwise have done?

Blueroses's avatar

“pissing on their happy fire” I will use that line. It goes with my dad’s “pound happy sand up your ass.”

To the question. Yes. I’ve been meaning to help out my sick neighbor by picking up the windfall in his yard, but I haven’t done so yet. Now I will.

majorrich's avatar

Probably not. I’m already in the habit of doing good turns.

6rant6's avatar

@Blueroses Yeah! My hero!

YARNLADY's avatar

@EVERYBODY: Go to thehungersite.com right now, and every day from now on.

There, I did it. I use Goodsearch.com every single day to do my computer searches, and the advertisers send money to my favorite charity. I play on Freerice.com frequently, and the advertisers provide food for starving people. I use Freecycle.org and help keep usable items out of the land fills.

Blueroses's avatar

@YARNLADY thehungersite.com is a great link. Be sure to click all the tabs across the top to also donate to breast cancer, literacy, etc.

I really like their sponsors’ products too.

CaptainHarley's avatar

No, I would not do something good simply becaused you asked me to. I do good things because it’s expected of me, and because I love.

6rant6's avatar

@CaptainHarley Wow. You are just too wonderful for words.

CaptainHarley's avatar

@6rant6

LOL! Well, hardly! I’ve just learned a few things over the years. : )

augustlan's avatar

[mod says] Please remember to disagree without being disagreeable. Also, the official mark to indicate sarcasm on Fluther is the tilde ~. Thank you.

CaptainHarley's avatar

Why, 6rant6 would NEVER do such a thing! Would you, 6rant6? : D

6rant6's avatar

I would never insult my readers by thinking they needed a tilda.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Well, consider it today’s ‘good turn’, for my sake, eh? :)

Better safe than sorry.. the tilde simply helps avoid misunderstandings and the subsequent flaring tempers and derailing of threads.

6rant6's avatar

@MissAnthrope Thanks for contributing to the effort to keep us off the rails.
tilda

MissAnthrope's avatar

My pleasure. tilde

CaptainHarley's avatar

Meeting some of you in real life would be a fascinating experience, I think. A bit scary, perhaps, but fascinating nevertheless! : D

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