Longer observation (3): "Why do Good People Suffer?" or "Why do bad things happen to good people?"
If we eliminate all good acts that take place 1) as an act of apple polishing or goody-goodyness; or 2) because it is a well trained act — a robot like, puppet like knee jerk act of goodness; or 3) as an act of goodness done naively or stupidly, without contemplating the real and practical consequences that will befall oneself or others, or 4) as an act of goodness that stems from youthful idealism or exuberance, or 5) as a good act but motivated by loss of interest in oneself, lack of self concern for ones own good due to disaffection, suffering, alienation, isolation, lack of commitment, unhappiness, an act of uncaring self-sacrifice; or 6) as an act stemming from the lack of understanding of ambiguities, subtleties, the complexities of the situation; or 7) as an act that is a spontaneous act, stemming from a natural impulse, perhaps towards loyalty; or 8) as an act of compulsive goodness, from a compulsion; or 9) as a good act stemming from the fear of the consequences of acting badly or of breaking the law or social convention; or 10) as a good act done for a reward; or 11) as an act done to please others and impress them and make them like the doer of public goodness; or 12) as a good act that is motivated by masochistic tendencies; or 13) as a good act that stems from a martyr complex; or 13) as a good act that stems from unquestioning belief in someone else’s code of ethics, in what the person was told or read or heard. — Eliminating all the above acts, I estimate this leaves about 2% of the good acts left which are thoughtful, mature, based on a deep and sober awareness of consequences and ambiguities. Perhaps some of these go unrewarded but others will probably be recognized and rewarded. In any case, either way, the people performing these acts, when they are performing them, probably don’t expect to be rewarded, and will not be surprised too much either way.