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The idea that doing good deeds would lead to fame is an ancient and honorable one. Often, though, the "good deeds" imagined are the kind that benefit society at large. Small acts of kindness and goodness are not likely to make anyone famous, although they may make that person respected within his or her own social circle. Milton wrestles with this problem, in a way, in his poem "Lycidas," and argues that the kind of fame that truly matters is the admiration of God. Many philosophers would argue that good deeds are their own reward and are valuable in and of themselves, no matter whether or not they bring fame.
A lifetime of doing good deeds may be able to make one famous, but frankly their fame often has to do with self-promotion. Many people who have done a lot of good in their lives have lived and died out of the spotlight. Certainly doing good deeds can earn the appreciation of the beneficiaries of these deeds. Yet as the first response implied, usually we think of good deeds as the things that we do without any expectation of reward.
I have to agree that simply doing good deeds does not make a person famous. If it did, we would have far more famous people than are acknowledged now. That being said, some people, as noted by pohnpei, have become famous through good deeds.
Many things can make a person famous. I don't think that there are very many people who are famous simply for good deeds. Mother Teresa is one. Mahatma Gandhi is another. Perhaps Martin Luther King, Jr. I suppose Florence Nightingale. But many more people become famous for gaining positions of power.
Good deeds actually may or may not make a person famous. But in these days only dishonest ways makes person famous, rich and successful. Good people are often left behind. For this sake one should not stop doing good. As said above. good deeds vary from person to person but a simple smile or expression of grattitude can always change doer and listener's life.
What is the definition of good deeds? It differs from man to man. What you think as good may be bad to some one. Doing good deeds is a thankless job. I tried to mobilise people not to bribe the clerks in the office, but people are of the opinion that giving bribe they can get their work faster.
But I do understand your opinion about good deeds. Yes, it is seen, it has happened with many people. But beconming famous is different thing. One can become famous by either way. Yet evil deeds are remembered not for long. Doers are also hated.
Good deeds, I feel, doing something for the country, mankind, community without any personal aspiration like pelf, fame, any return etc.
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