Why do Good People Suffer?
I think we all have at least once looked up and questioned, "Why me?” Truthfully speaking, there was a time in my life when not a night would go by when I didn't look up and shout, "Why! As painful as those nights were, the aftermath was even more comforting as I grew stronger in my silence, and it was not because things started to go right or I grew wiser; it was simply, as I call it, the ‘consistency effect," which means when you or someone presses a point way too long, the pain disappears simply because your bandwidth for that particular thing increases. It was at this initial increase in my bandwidth, I pondered on this question: Why do good people suffer the most? Is it not the duty of karma to get it right?
Just when I was looking for hope words arrived.
I came across a catch phrase “If you Don’t Eat A Lion that Does not Mean that The Lion Won’t Eat You” by Udaylal Pai.
And then in that utter silence as I was still savouring these words when an unsaid conversation followed it was as if my soul was directing my mind.
The concept of karma is flawed; karma is not some cosmic force policing your behaviour. During the ancient periods, the elders who lived a full life discovered that if you helped as many people as you could during your lifetime, it was very likely or highly probable that it would be returned at the time of need. (We also have to remember that the population was not as large as it is now and that most people in the primitive era lived their lives in one place.) Thus, the theory of reciprocity for the sake of survival made us do more good and kept our behaviours in check.
Being good doesn’t mean that we can’t be hit by fate. The question then arises: if that’s the case, why be good at all? If you are being good only to correct your balance sheet, then how would you ever define one’s character? How will you ever hold yourself accountable? cultivate your own consciousness? No matter what you do or choose to become, let that be for yourself and for your own growth.
Also, I believe that to help someone means to have the empathy to acknowledge that life can happen to anyone, and interestingly, in most of our Indian Vedic texts, there is a term “exchange of energy”. Just like how wind energy is harnessed and transferred to kinetic and then electric energy, thus establishing the principle that energy cannot be destroyed but only transformed, similarly when you do something for someone, they bless you from their heart, and at that point your magnetic fields change as they share their energy with you, thus balancing if not healing your magnetic field or chakras.
In the end I just feel one should treat other how you would want to be treated! Even though that does not guarantee any success in life and perhaps, this uncertainty is what makes our life adventurous.