When bad things happen to good people... Catchy phrase? Not! Been there. Done that. When bad things happen... Better.
What is a "bad" thing? Pain has been described as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. The definition has a dry, academic feel that does no justice to the actual experience, but I think most people would agree that a bad thing is something which would cause pain in most people.
"I pray," you say. "I affirm what what I want as present in my life." "I put out good thoughts." "I express gratitude."
So why did I break my arm? Why do I live in a world with war? Why was I born black? Why was I born white? Why was I born poor? Why was I born rich? Why am I fat? Why am I skinny? Why do I have schizophrenia? Why am I manic-depressive? Why was I born disabled? Why do I experience pain?
So why do bad things happen? We've talked about the problem of evil for millenia. (Why don't we talk about the problem of good?)
Any explanation of pain comes down to one or more of five things
- A god caused it.
- A devil caused it.
- It's an accident.
- It's a mystery. (Also know as That's just the way it is.)
- I caused it.
Three out of five of these take major incidents in life out of our hands. One requires a belief in reincarnation.
Just something to think about.