Random acts of kindness or calculated acts of self-gain?

There has been a trend for quite some time now where Youtube’rs and other social media “persons” go out (usually to the streets) to do some kind of charitable act like for example giving food to the homeless whilst filming themselves doing this benevolent act and then posting it online for everyone to see.

Personally I have thought that this is a very nice idea and that more people should do this. However I haven’t been able to get rid of the feeling that these sorts of acts are perhaps more self serving than what they seem.

This I guess depends on the true motivation of the “benevolent” actor which we will never really find out. However looking objectively at it, it does seem a bit strange that some of these YouTube stars will gain a lot more by doing these things than the intended recipient of this charitable act (through views etc). My problem I guess is the filming part of it because it objectifies the people involved and their struggles. Shouldn’t we just do these acts of kindness without the need for being recognized? Isn’t the ultimate act of kindness where you do not expect to receive anything back from the person you are helping?

The problem is I can’t say that what they are doing is bad but then again I can’t help but feeling that the so called charitable acts are more self serving than anything else. Hence its is like a watching someone self obsessed filming themselves lying in a very cringe-worthy and obvious way.

One question I guess would be that do they first think about wanting to help someone and second filming, or is it the opposite?

Here is one of these videos which get my feelings all mixed up.

In this one he obviously is also shamelessly promoting Olive Garden.

What do you think?

2 thoughts on “Random acts of kindness or calculated acts of self-gain?

  1. An act of kindness should be done without any expectation of praise or notariety. These videos are in my opinion the very definition of self serving acts of kindness. The recipient is secondary to the attention the giver receives on social media.

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