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Why do bad things happen to good people and good things to bad people?

Updated on March 4, 2012

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.



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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      blake4d - I think you need to go on Youtube and do a search for "The Spiritual Catalyst". Her name is Teal Scott, she is amazing...speaks of the law of attraction, source energy, etc. Loved this hub.

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      Dilip Chandra 5 years ago from India

      Interesting... Nice hub, well written. Voted UP

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      Blake Ford Hall 5 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Everybody should try everything at least once. Thanx for your comment Sunshine. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Never, ever thought of it this way. I'll give it a try, but I'm still eating meat. Ha!

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      Blake Ford Hall 5 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Thanx FG, GRL, BP, and HT. Your comments and insights are much appreciated. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      hoteltravel 5 years ago from Thailand

      This means that life's happenings are governed by the theory of probability. Both good and bad events have equal chance of occurring, though one is highlighted when the other is expected. Onus is on us to keep our perspective clear of expectations. Voted up and interesting.

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      Beth Perry 5 years ago from Tennesee

      blake4d, you posed an interesting question and given us all something to think about.

      I do have a hunch, however, that some bad people often do have a bigger proportion of good things happen to them, for the reason the universal Creator is throwing them a chance to educate them/their soul with the opportunity to do well to others by their good fortune. Perhaps this is due to them having wasted the chance in another life time, or perhaps this is just the way the cogs of the great Wheel works. But yes, I tend to believe some bad people do have good fortune, although it is not a good fortune that is supposed to be wasted, hoarded or lorded over as "evidence" they are better or more deserving than others.

      Whatever the answer is, intriguing subject matter and I'm voting up.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. I guess it's all in how you look at it. It's like the big bank job working out great and someone else meanwhile not getting the promotion they deserved.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Yes, law of cause and effect. Great hub! Voted up!

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      Blake Ford Hall 5 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Thanx RB.

      I suppose so IBR. LOL.

      Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      Is this the same as stuff happens?

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      It's a really complicated concept, kind of hard to understand, and especially to accept, but I see your point. Interesting subject. :)