Why do bad things happen to good people?

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For whatever reason, I’ve always been a firm believer that things happen for a reason. For something that is so illogical, the concept is seemingly so logical – which is an evident contradiction in itself. How can it be that things do happen for a reason? Yet, how can it be that there is no reason for the things that do happen? I suppose that believing in a reason – whatever that may be, unclear or not – is much more comforting than believing otherwise.

Among other beliefs, I am yet to decide whether or not I believe in karma – although I do enjoy the concept. My issue with karma is, if it does exist, why do bad things happen to good people?

When blameless people suffer hardships, it can often test our belief in a loving and just universe. Too often are innocent men and women killed horrendously; children who have never harmed a soul are brutally murdered; and, in general, people who have lived nothing but a righteous life are put through experiences one would never want to even consider.

In situations such as these, when perhaps you are the person dealing directly with these hardships or you are affected by them in any way, a tremendous amount of comfort can be found in the idea that everything happens for one reason or another. Missing that train to work – which you were sure would make you late – must have seemed a horrible incident until you hear on the news that it exploded a little down the line. Essentially, missing that train could have cost you your job but, instead, it saved your life. That person who tore your heart in two when they walked out of your life could never have been seen as a good thing but now, years down the line, you realise that they needed to go in order for there to be space for something better.

The reasoning behind some events can be found instantly after, others take years, and some may never reveal themselves to the naked eye, but believing in the concept that you endured that pain for a reason often acts as enough comfort to get through the worst of times. Even if there is no evident reason, one can imagine or hope that there is and it is just yet to creep from behind the shadows.

I guess we will never know if these concepts actually exist but at least they are nice ideas…

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  1. “We are the heirs of our own actions.”

    Nice post – in answer to your question “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

    Karma literally means action or doing. Any kind of intentional action whether mental, verbal, or physical, is regarded as Karma. It covers all that is included in the phrase “thought, word and deed”. Generally speaking, all good and bad action constitutes Karma. In its ultimate sense Karma means all moral and immoral volition. Involuntary, unintentional or unconscious actions, though technically deeds, do not constitute Karma, because volition, the most important factor in determining Karma, is absent.

    Therefore, more appropriately, perhaps we should ask the question, “Why do good things happen to Bad people?”

    Perhaps ‘people’ are not Good or Bad – they are just ‘people’. People that sometimes do bad things and sometimes do good things. Sometimes to themselves, sometimes to others. Maybe, people are conduits for a higher consciousness, maybe not! Maybe their deeds are intentional volition, maybe they are victims of an unconscious action defined and directed by a greater force – for Good or Evil.

    I know this – Life is a journey of experience. Good or bad… it’s up to us to determine which experiences we learn from.

    Love n Light

    Eric

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