Naughty or nice

Tis the season when little girls and boys are reminded on a daily basis that Santa Claus is coming to town.  Parents use the pending visit as ammunition to remind their children that Santa (or more recently the Elf on a shelf) is watching to see who’s naughty and who’s nice.

This got me to thinking, as we get older do you think people are motivated to do the right thing (in other words be “nice”) because someone might see them and they will receive accolades or do you think people are genuinely nice.

Coming from the northeast which does not have the friendliest of reputations, you may be surprised to read that I think most people if given the opportunity will do the right thing.  This doesn’t mean that every one of us have not in the past been a jerk at one time or another, but on the whole I think the “nice list” (if Santa were keeping one) is a lot longer than the “naughty list”.  Its just that we remember those irritating moments a lot more than those nice ones.

What do you think?

2 responses to “Naughty or nice

  1. This post reminded me of a book I’d recently downloaded but hadn’t yet read. Last night I got through the first few chapters and am finding it interesting and definitely relevant to this topic.

    People Will Talk: The Surprising Science of Reputation by John Whitfield


  2. I think of the concept of being good only because if you are not you will not go to heaven. You should be good because it is in your nature, not because you have to.
    In any case, Santa is not going to bring presents to those who have been good…he’s changing his routine this year and bringing lots of things to those who have been naughty, which in my case would assure me a Rolls Royce…lol



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