Perhaps, it is just like the author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy states... "If the answer is 42, then what is the real question to the mystery of life in this universe?"
Frankly, I’ve just about given up on this one.
For instance, if we're meant to work off karma from a previous life, how useless is that when we don't remember what we did in a previous life in the first place? How can we learn from what we did in another life in, but in this life?
This explains why many evil or bad people get away with murder: all sorts of crimes, betrayal, hurting others' feelings, and so on--and the unnerving part is that many of them go on to flourish, live long lives in good health, have money, and even find happiness, while some poor souls who try to do right in this life are beset with illness, poverty, abuse, or whatever calamity life throws their way. So I've given up on the notion of karma--unless it's in this life and you pay for it in the same lifetime.
I've tried for years to think positive; I’ve applied the advice given by Abraham/Esther Hicks, Louise Hay, Bob Proctor, and all the others. Unfortunately, nothing has worked out right for me. I mean, none of the things I've wanted--and I wasn't asking for millions either--just things like health and being able to earn a modest living while doing what I love, which at present still remain dreams for me.
Meanwhile, I look at my ex-partners and ex-friends who’ve turned out to be real users and abusers. Now, I know for a fact that some of these people are thriving. Makes you wonder about the law of attraction and karma for them!
I guess I will always have a problem with karma--and if it really does exist, then it sucks. I think justice should be served when someone hurts another person--and not ten lives from now.
I tried to get all spiritual and fluffy, but in the light of pain, betrayal, and other hurtful things (plus all the awful things that happen to people, animals, and mother nature), it's very difficult to remain light in spirit. As for reincarnation--I hope this doesn't exist either, because there is absolutely no way I'm coming back unless it's as a cherished and spoiled kitty to a loving family!
You see someone who is homeless or disabled and you dismiss it as "Oh, it's just karma they're paying off." So this makes it so easy to walk away from the helpless millions who are sick, starving, living in war-torn nations, victims of crime, abuse, etc, etc. It's all so "permissible" when you think it's their karma or that they're attracting this into their lives through the law of attraction!
Well, I'm more of an "eye for an eye" kind of person, even though I don't believe in traditional religion. But it's a bit like being in the mafia. You hurt me or my family and I'll get you back with the proverbial horse's head among other things—of course, I’ll make sure the horse is only a prop as I couldn’t kill an animal.
Blame it on my Italian heritage, but until I find another answer, which at the moment keeps eluding me, I will always wish for revenge (or natural justice) for the evil doers. You know what they say, what goes around, comes around--yes, but when? And why did it come to those of us who are trying to do the right thing?
Well, as for why bad things happen to good people, I still can’t explain this one. So, if I cannot have natural justice, I'll stick to the best answer possible for the moment: "42".