Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

The question is often asked – why do bad things happen to good people?

I’d argue that many people who appear “good” are actually sickos behind closed doors (wife beaters, child abusers, etc.). So I’d argue that more often than not, bad things happen to bad people.

However, I personally wonder why GOOD things happen to BAD people. Why are greedy, evil bastards getting rich and becoming powerful? Why do lowlife scumbags win the lottery? Why has Hugh Hefner lived a long and healthy life?

These questions are much harder to understand because they make one question the wisdom of living a “good” life. If good and bad things happening are totally random, what’s the point of being good? Why not just do whatever you feel like? If there’s no such thing as Karma, then surely there’s no point to denying yourself anything you want to do. You can simply repent on your deathbed and still go to heaven (assuming you believe in heaven).

There are countless thugs getting rich playing in the NBA while good people serving in homeless shelters and charities aren’t able to pay their basic bills. That doesn’t seem fair, does it?

Does Kobe deserve to be making millions a year, or does he deserve to be in jail for rape?

I’d argue that doing “good” is a reward unto itself. It makes you a more centered, balanced person. There’s no financial payoff. There’s no glory in it. It’s simply the right thing to do.

  1 comment for “Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

  1. June 7, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Or you can become Catholic, sin all week, confess on Sunday, and start over on Monday. 🙂

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