Posts Tagged ‘Fearing’


When people fear for the safety of a loved one they often tend to think that a little hurt from them will save much hurt for the object of their love. So they hurt others for their own good. When I was a child I remember this attitude from parents. It never felt good or right. Then I didn’t understand what the motivation for this behavior was. It was personified in the phrase,

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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.