I don't think I've mentioned on this version of my blog that my education was in philosophy. A question examined in early-level philosophy is the problem of evil.. In 20th century layperson lingo, this is translated as When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
I am an atheist, and the "Problem of Evil" is usually addressed as a question about whether or not God exists. But even atheists rail against this reality: How come it seems like the people who do the most good in the world, often get struck by the greatest adversity?
We can say "Hey, it has nothing to do with how good a person is. Illness can befall anyone."
Yet we are creatures who believe so solidly in fairness. In karma. That those who do good, should received good in return. Even if reject the idea of supernatural power, there is just something in the nature of the human community that wants to see good people rewarded with similar goodness.
I have some friends--good people. The very best of people. The kind of people you don't often get to meet in your life. One of them has fallen very ill, and indeed, his life was just saved the other day by another generous soul...a person who stopped when he saw someone in trouble, and didn't just drive on by. I'm not going to write about the situation because it's not my place.
But it disturbs me. No, damn it, it pisses me off! I stamp my foot like a child: "Not fair! Not fair!"
And then the question becomes: What can I do to help? And if there is nothing I can do to help them directly, what can I do to fill in, to help do what perhaps they now may have to put on hold? It just feels like there should be some karmic balance: If they must take some time to concentrate on themselves for awhile, shouldn't others who care do a bit more good in the world, to make up for what they are unable to do, now?
I am sure readers have similar friends who have faced similar suffering. What did you do to help or honor them?