False Altruism

kindness is not kindness
if it is only done
in times of convenience
and in anticipation
of some future exchange
of favors

Author: redgladiola

Creative writer happily predisposed to flights of fancy. You can find my poetry and short prose at https://redgladiola.wordpress.com

9 thoughts on “False Altruism”

  1. Well said! I think the idea of paying it forward is helping people let go of the idea of getting something in return.

    1. Indeed! It’s so annoying when people do you a “favor” while complaining about how they’re getting nothing in return or asking if you will do the same for them later. And then there are the ones who get mad if you don’t ask them for anything because then they feel they have no “leverage.”

  2. Well put! Here recently a bank gave a supply of footballs to a local club – but used a PR firm to manage the presentation! Good work RG.

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