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Tastes

The Work uses some interesting words to help convey what cannot be conveyed in words. Recently, in our Course in Miracles classes, we talked about how many opportunities we have to gladden ourselves and how few of those opportunities we seize. Of course, not every opportunity is the kind that can be seized, that is, taken hold of suddenly and forcibly.

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"No good deed goes unpunished."

The person most frequently credited as the originator of the phrase is playwright Clare Boothe Luce. Also credited have been playwright Noel Coward, writer Oscar Wilde, journalist Walter Winchell and the late Washington Post writer Bill Gold. The original idea is probably an ancient proverb.

Appearing cynical on the surface, a closer examination of human nature reveals the False Personality to be incredibly vengeful and petty due to its hubris.

Plato has Socrates say, "An unexamined life is not worth living." The reason no good deed goes unpunished is because most people are living lives not worth living. If you feel a sting, that probably means you are spending more time and energy examining the lives of others than you are examining your own.