A lot of people seem to think that people get what they deserve in life. I wonder if that's true.
A few days ago, a 19 year old kid got beat with a baseball bat down the street from me. For no apparent reason. Now, he's in a coma. He might end up having permanent brain damage from it. He might die.
The thing which surprised me, was that people around here keep asking things like why was he out on the road late at night, was he drinking, was he a 'bad' kid, and other things like that. And it seems like they thought that these things might excuse the beating. Because the boy might have deserved it. According to them.
The opposite of this, is that people tend to think that if someone is wealthy and happy, that there are good reasons why they are. Because they did something right. They made the right choices in life, so they get rewarded for it.
I don't know about that idea.
It seems like most of this boils down to luck. If the kid who got beat was in a different place at that time, he probably would not have gotten beat up. If the rich happy person had been born in a poor village in Africa, their life would be a lot different.
I think, people don't usually get what they deserve. The quality of your life is largely determined by social circumstances and luck.
What do you think?