My Good Deeds, Ranked
Every nice thing I did in the past year, ruthlessly quantified.
Year-end book lists rub me the wrong way. By all means, tell me your favorite books of 2022. But don’t rank them. And especially don’t tell me how many books you read. When did the consumption of art turn into some sort of race?
So I won’t be indulging in any sort of ranking or reporting about what I read in 2022.
Instead, here is a complete list of good deeds I performed in the last calendar year.
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As a kid I was what you might call “morally voracious.” I used to drive my parents crazy—always had my head in the middle of a good deed. But between family and work, I’ve been in a bit of an ethical rut of late. I’ve barely been able to focus on anything altruistic, even little stuff like nodding when a friend goes on and on about their supposedly sick aunt.
So last year I kicked off what I called “the Pershan Challenge”: perform ten ethical actions in 2022.
It was quite a mountain to climb, but not only did I meet my goals, I actually exceeded them! Here are my ELEVEN ethical moments from 2022, in order of goodness:
Tipped barista 10% (though she didn’t deserve it).
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