William, I very much agree with you. I hope that I am not contradicting what I have previously stated, or inferred, but you have focussed upon a point that I very much believe in, or rather would like to.
In principle, the selfless, unrequited 'compliment' or consideration is righteous. Not to the extent that I would feel forced to do it just to make myself look better, but rather in terms of something that comes naturally to me. This may not have been apparent in my previous post on the matter, as evidently I admitted that I often find it difficult.
Your example is one that sounds so 'normal' in many circumstances, if you understand what I mean. Just a small thing that may very well cheer somebody up or put a smile on their face, and yours. However, in all honesty, the possibilities of such an encounter are slim, in my mind. One reason, I suppose, is the difficulty I experience in social interaction, but really it just comes down to the structure of society. England, in my opinion, of all the things I have seen and heard, is one of the worst countries in terms of the greed and selfishness that people demonstrate. True, there are still people out there who value their own morals and principles, and can put others first, but the majority of people have a very dim view on the very concept. I feel that this is something that doesn't come naturally any more, and, if at all, would be forced upon them.
What does this mean in terms of my own personal actions concerning others? Well, generally I steer clear of most social interaction. I don't want to sound like a recluse, but perhaps that is what I am. For the most part, though I can happily do things for the sake of other people; people I care about. The only difficulty is when I find myself in situations which make me consider how little I get in return. It's not really a case of me doing things to get something in return, but rather that nobody partakes in the small happenings that could make me smile. And often people don't even notice the sacrifices I may have made for them. Okay, so I'm not saying that I shouldn't bother any more because people aren't grateful. Most definitely not. But rather that I get upset at the thought that people may not have gained anything from what I did, which could make it worthless. If it makes them happy, then that is really all that matters, even if I don't necessarily get anything in return, because making the people I care about happy is still brilliant. Perhaps it is just another side of the ignorance towards consideration. If people don't feel inclined to 'hand it out', they don't necessarily expect it, or notice it.
I don't know. Just a few more thoughts. I hope I'm not getting too off-topic here, but I suppose this is still relevant to 'weird' experiences, and opens up a whole new trail of thought for me.
Anyway, thank you, William, for taking the time to write out your post. I sincerely appreciate it.
You've definitely got my brain working again.