Why do bad things happen to good people and good things to bad people?
When people ask the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people and good things to bad people? " They really are missing the point.
It is more of a Taoist question and begs you to consider what the two sides are thinking about individually. The good have expectations of good things happening, the bad have expectations of bad things happening, but the universe has expectations neither way. This is the part that many people do not understand clearly.
The universe does not think in terms of good or bad, all things are one energy in the universe. What is good for one person is bad for another, what is bad for one situation is good for another. Think about it this way, if you eat meat then you think it is good that there are cows to make into hamburgers, but if you are a cow you think it is bad to be made into a hamburger. Everything is different from the universal perspective.
Basically it comes down to this. Good things do not happen to bad people more often, nor do bad things happen to good people more often. But, we expect good things to happen to those who do good, or bad things to those who are bad. If we were to tally up the numbers by having no expectations of what will happen, we probably would find the good and bad outcomes were about equal in circumstances on a daily basis. So this would be an irrelevant worry.
Bad people know they have some karmic debt coming, they usually will be the first to admit it. So when something good comes their way, it is more visible and pronounced, but it does not mean that good things happen to them more often. The same is true in reverse for good people, sure bad things happen to them, but it does not mean that they are unfair things. Life has good and bad for everyone, it is all a matter of perspective. It is the law of cause and effect, something that is outside the realm of being manipulated by our intentions or actions overall.
Good people want good things to happen to them, so they get emotionally upset when bad things happen. They think why would this happen, I have been so good. Karma is not about good and bad, it is about cause and effect. Just doing good things has no effect on your life lessons. In turn, bad people are equally surprised when good things happen to them, in fact they maybe suspicious of such things. They may wonder what is wrong with this picture. So good or bad people, each have good and bad things happen to them. It is a cycle that is repetitive and on going.
So why do bad things happen to good people and good things to bad people? They do not happen that way, they are just perceived as doing so. Good and bad things happen to people. Everyone gets their turn, not just the good or bad.