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Think it is true that no good deed goes unpunished?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26783points) July 27th, 2010

There is a saying that “no good deed goes unpunished”? I take that to mean if you help someone get to the gas station with his gas can because he ran out of gas somewhere down the line a bird poops on you, if you give money to a woman short on grocery money at the supermarket you run over a nail and get a flat tire. Has situations like that ever happened to you that you got bit in the a** while trying to do a good deed or shortly after? If so, do you believe in the saying and has it effected how or if you’d do another good deed any time soon?

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YARNLADY's avatar

I think that is one of the illogical sayings I have ever heard. It is totally ludicrous.

MissA's avatar

I do think that many people feel as if no good deed goes unpunished. A lot of it is our society’s ambition to do everything FAST, FASTER…with total disregard to those around them. I notice that when you truly give,,,without expectation, it is a BEAUTIFUL thing.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Nope, i don’t believe it one bit! I’m wondering where such a saying would have come from….?

lapilofu's avatar

It’s not totally ludicrous. I don’t think the meaning is as nonsensical as the examples illustrated above, however. The idea of the expression is that if you’re nice and do good things, people will walk all over you.

Frankly, sometimes that’s true.

NaturallyMe's avatar

@lapilofu – that makes some sense….so there’s a benefit afterall of doing anonymous good deeds! (nobody will know who you are so they can’t walk over you) Hehe…

Cruiser's avatar

I think it is the law of averages. You will do so many things in life some good, some bad and I believe you can pick a good deed you did and find something bad in your life that could apply to this old maxim. Some call it Yin and Yang, I call it karma and why I try and pay it forward any chance I get.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Yes, i believe in karma too! So maybe the punishment happens after you’ve done a good deed, but it was actually a punishment for a previous bad deed you did – karma doesn’t have an order it works in, i think. :)

Your_Majesty's avatar

It’s a lie from superstitious people.

Austinlad's avatar

Have you ever done something bad, or at least that you considered bad, and even though no one else knew, you fretted about it long afterwards? Guilt is a very nasty form of punishment.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Crap happens. You’ll get good and bad the rest of your life, it comes in no particular order. But, if you give out the good to others, and they do the same, look what it does to your odds of getting the good. Think that through for a minute. Or the other way around.

CMaz's avatar

We always remember the bad things.
Trying to connect them to something we did in your past, causing it to happen.

Life is about shit happening. And then you die.

jfos's avatar

I don’t think it’s as direct as you’re describing. It’s not a one-after-another instant punishment. Similar to @lapilofu‘s answer, I think that it’s more of an indirect effect.

ratboy's avatar

Don’t worry, you’ll get yours.

stardust's avatar

@Doctor_D Those superstitious cretins!
It’s nuts

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