A Simple Question


What word would you use to describe someone doing something good specifically to elicit a response?


    • Will King Vain.
      6 hours ago · 

    • Danielle Warren Self Conniving.
      6 hours ago · 

    • Laura Down Strange insincere
      6 hours ago · 

    • Trav Wilson politician
      5 hours ago · 

    • Rick Averyt OBAMA
      5 hours ago · 

    • Trav Wilson Yeah, I was going to say socialist politician ... but I was trying to be nice.
      5 hours ago · 

    • Ross François Collier Santa Claus
      5 hours ago · 

    • Ginny Shope Fowler The phrase that comes to mind is "ulterior motive."
      5 hours ago · 

    • Jessica Gissendanner Self-centered
      5 hours ago · 

    • Teresa Quiroz pretentious, manipulative, calculating. not genuine. *insincere* is the best word I can think of. I wish I could think of one more fitting for when a person doesn't realize they are doing it.
      5 hours ago · 

    • Kyle Bryan God
      5 hours ago · 

    • Frank Mullens a troll
      5 hours ago · 

    • Armond Moyo Human
      4 hours ago · 

    • Teresa Quiroz art!!! haha
      4 hours ago · 

    • Jack Hinnen Kyle - see, I don't think God's love is contingent on a response. Hence, it isn't all the bad words you see in these comments. Maybe I'm the only one who feels God's love is the agenda, not a way of getting somewhere else (to the response)
      4 hours ago ·  ·  1 person

    • Kyle Bryan I should have been more clear. What I meant by "god" is the current majority of Christianity's idea of God; kind of like Santa Clause.
      3 hours ago · 

    • Tom Stalnaker Unloving
      2 hours ago · 

    • Jason Ray 
      I'm gonna respond then look at the 17 comments- to me I don't care what someones motive is if they are doing something good. I don't care if it is to float their own boat or to impress someone, if they are doing good that has merit in and ...See More

      2 hours ago · 

    • Kevin Payne This raises am interesting question, as is being wrestled with here: what is truly important - the action in and of itself, or the attitude in which the action is done...
      about an hour ago · 

    • Jack Hinnen kyle - I agree, and hear you more clearly :)

      Jason - my Dad (as a wonderful 5 point TULIP Calvinist) *might* argue that everything we do (good, bad, indifferent) is ultimately selfish and thus poorly motivated.

      What is interesting to me, though, is that my attention was on the validity of the good based on motive, but the validity of the good based on the result.

      A minor example:

      a.) Jack gives Jill flowers so she'll go on a date with him.
      b.) Jack gives Jill flowers because he likes her.

      In both, the flowers are still good. But most people associate an obvious difference between giving someone flowers to get something and giving flowers because you like them. (My original question was simply what do you call it when someone gives you flowers so they'll get something in return?)

      A major example:

      a.) Christ lives, dies, and invites us to join the resurrection so we can "date" him forever.
      b.) Christ lives, dies, and invites us to join the resurrection because he likes us.

      Is there a difference? :)