You can get a free lunch, you just gotta know where to look. (Everywhere and forever, all at once.)
But the fact that bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people is a bad sign, pointing in the other direction, to the basic randomness and meaninglessness of X*.
This post is about how that apparent contradiction is resolved by the Law of the Conservation of Karma.
(* X = Life, God, the Gods, the Universe, the Force, Giant Turtle, etc).
In physics, Conservation of Energy is a Law that states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, but can only be changed from one form to another.
Likewise, the Law of the Conservation of Karma says that justice (karma) cannot be created or destroyed, it can only change from one form to another. In other words, everyone gets their just desserts, maybe not at the time or in the form anticipated, but at one stage or another, at one place or another, in one way or another. Everyone gets what’s coming to them, sooner or later, here or there, once or twice, in one lump or many.
In physics, the Second Law of Thermodynamics states that the total entropy (disorder) of any isolated thermodynamic system tends to increase over time. The Universe** is an isolated thermodynamic system. So, according to the Second Law the disorder of the Universe tends to increase over time.
But lo and behold: Living things thwart the Second Law by imposing order locally and temporarily at the cost of greater disorder non-locally over the lifetime of the Universe. Being semi-closed systems, living things insulate themselves to an extent from the entropy going on ‘outside’ of them.
When bad things happen to good people or good things to bad people that is a local effect which has to be paid for non-locally so that the overall quantum of justice in a just universe is conserved.
If a Good Thing happens to a Bad Person, under the Law of the Conservation of Karma, somewhen else a Bad Thing happens to cancel out the Good Thing, and the overall quantum of just desserts is conserved.
If a Bad Thing happens to a Good Person, under the Law, somewhen else a Good Thing happens to cancel out the Bad Thing, and the overall karma of the Universe is preserved.
There’s another part to this discussion, concerning virtual particles, and how it is that something can arise out of nothing. But I can’t remember... something about the relationship between energy and time and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. Never mind. Some other time.
Yes this post includes edited content from earlier posts. So what?
** In this post (at least), “Universe" means Everything, including every little thing in the multiverse, maxiverse, megaverse, reality, the all, whatever you want to name it. The Universe is an isolated thermodynamic system. Everything includes literally every thing: material and immaterial, past and present and future, real and imaginary, subjective and objective.
The image features the three fates, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos, "...who spin, draw out and cut the thread of Life ... as they triumph over the fallen body of Chastity." (Wikipedia 23 April 2014). Mouseover the image for more information. I don't know what Chastity's got to do with it. Death triumphs over Chastity? Doesn't make sense to me.
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