I’ve had (another) weird thought for a while and I thought that I might as well ask it to see how what you guys think of it. When you’re doing a favour or a good deed, does the thought of karma come into your head and make you think twice about what you’re doing?
I like the principle of karma, or at least what I understand of it that what goes around comes around but sometimes this can creep up into my head and it gets me thinking. Sometimes I might find myself helping somebody carry their bags, returning lost property or something else that makes me do some moral shit but at certain times in my head a thought just pops up where I say to myself ‘yeah! The favour is going to be repaid someday.’ The weirdest thing is that those kind of thoughts aren’t in my head when I do the favour, at least I don’t think they are (they might be somewhere deep down if they come up straight after).
I know for a fact that I shouldn’t be thinking about how I’m going to be rewarded for the things that I do, it just feels like there’s something wrong about that. Don’t get it wrong, I’m not the greatest person on this earth (I’d love to say that I’m a pretty swell guy!) far from it but my moral compass works to a degree which is why I’m asking this question.
I guess at the end of the day we’re all self-interested in one way or another. I’ve legitimately met people who refuse to say please and thank you but get angry when you don’t say thank you to them for anything, which is crazy considering they’ll engineer a favour so that it benefits them more than it does others. We do have to look out for ourselves and make sure that we’re not getting screwed over when we do things. If I’m honest this is confusing to me because it has me questioning my own integrity at times. I reckon one day I’ll learn from this but at the same time it’s possible that I could get worse. I guess that’s something that I’ll have to see.
Before I get carried away, let me ask the question again. When you’re doing a favour or a good deed, does the thought of karma come into your head and make you think twice about what you’re doing? Do you reckon I’m thinking too much into this and I should just live my life or have you got some advice for me? I’d love to know.