Why do bad things happen to good people?

The book No Way Out is very sad and depressing, and it asks a lot of big questions of life. For example, a question that stood out to me is “Why do good things happen to good people?” Everyone asks this question when something terrible happens to them without a good reason why, or their actions had not caused the terrible thing directly. Another reason why is when the person had been working very hard to make things right, but it doesn’t go the way they want and it causes them pain.

In my opinion, this question is asked once the person is very deep in despair. They ask it despite there be no answer, just to question their situation, to question the life that plays with their resolve. They feel like they’ve been doing good things for a long time, yet life punishes them. In the book, Ort worked really hard for his family. He cared for his grandfather and little brother when no one else was around. Yet, his efforts were not enough to care for his grandfather and so he had to resort to something more extreme, which is stealing from the factory. His intentions were pure and good, but then he was caught by the security guard. It seems almost like life is playing with him.


2 thoughts on “Why do bad things happen to good people?

  1. It definitely seems like these types of question don’t really have a definite answer to it. These kinds of thoughts are common for people who feel like they don’t have complete control of their lives, and they absolutely require answers. Even the bible has its own part (the book of Job) that specifically talks about suffering.


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