No good deed goes unrewarded. Sometimes the reward is the good deed itself. Or perhaps the knowledge that the good deed has put something positive out into the world. While the more cynical parts of society, the internet, or our own emotions may beg to differ, stories such as Mayur Shelke’s come into focus to remind us otherwise.
After saving a child from being injured on a railway, Shelke was offered a financial reward by India’s Minister of Railways. For some, this is where the story would end. This deed was rewarded in one of the most concrete forms possible. But Shelke’s kindness wasn’t driven by the promise of reward. As such, he offered half of his reward to the family of the child after learning of their financial situation. His kindness not only helped to bring the child out of immediate danger but also has set them up for a brighter future through education and other benefits.
Stories such as these help to show that humanity is not inherently self-serving. We are born into and take part in communities, where we connect with others through compassion and empathy. The more we are reminded of this, the more we remember to put it into practice.
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