Many philosophers and pop psychologists have attempted to answer the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” However, what has really puzzled me is the opposite question; “Why do good things happen to bad people?”
Casual observation seems to indicate that being rude, inconsiderate, unfeeling, self-centered, manipulative, and mean-spirited pays off. These people seem to get what they want more often than not, and the fates do not seem to heap an extra portion of misfortune upon them as punishment.
I now know that I was looking in the wrong place for my answer. I was looking at the results of the bad behavior, rather than looking at those who were behaving badly. Once I began to look at them more closely I noticed one important detail I had previously overlooked… they did not seem to be happy. They were angry and miserable. I realized the universe was like a mirror, it reflects whatever you are projecting at others back towards you. If you are discourteous, selfish, ruthless, self-centered, manipulative, and cruel, that is what you will be confronted with. That is what will always surround you.
While I can try to avoid these types of people, they can never get away from themselves. “The Chickens Always Come Home To Roost”.
Image and text © 2016 James Golaszewski