All goodness comes with a price.
How does that saying go?
‘No good deed goes unpunished.’
And that is quite tragically true.
Most people equate goodness
With sacrifice. An act is not good
If it’s accidental, incidental,
If you haven’t given up something,
Ever so little, even just your time,
To bring about its completion.
And people may react to it
With scorn, dismay, indifference.
You’re basically paying
To complicate your own life.
Now there are solutions to that.
One is built-in, in that
True goodness comes, by definition,
Without any kind of expectation
Of receiving something in return.
A beautiful surface with an ugly core.
The very existence of its possibility
Says something tragical about
The character of the receiver.
There’s another solution though,
One that challenges the definition.
What if goodness shouldn’t be sacrifice?
What if every deed of a good person,
Every deed that helps us somehow,
Automatically becomes a good deed?
Wouldn’t that teach us more,
Make us feel less entitled
To people’s time and attention,
Wouldn’t it make us appreciate
The things that we do receive?
How about, instead of the things
We’ve been doing for so long,
We learn to answer all goodness
With more goodness in return,
Be it even a smile and thank you
Were we not capable of something more
And make sure we pay that more
To someone else, some other time,
And just make sure that all goodness
Gives more goodness to go around.