The material world as we see it seems very unfair, unjust. It does not seem like it is the way it should be because there is so much variation, so wide in difference. Why is it that some people are born very rich and some people are born very poor; some people are born very beautiful, some – not so beautiful; some – very intelligent, some – not so intelligent; some – very healthy and strong, others – very weak from birth; some are born in countries that are very powerful and peaceful, life is quite easy, others are born in countries where there is war, there is famine, and existence is very difficult? Why it is that sometimes our life is going as we want it to, everything is good and then all of a sudden it changes and everything is bad? We are so happy and the next moment we are so sad.
This theatre was a beautiful example how quickly things change, “Oh, I am so happy, I won a lottery, now I am rich, I might give you a little money.” Of course, it is all about us, “I am rich.” The other guy is so poor, “If I had money I would do many things for you but I am so poor.” And the girl, “Oh, I love, I have my lover, he makes me happy, and my husband…I am sick of him.” And then, so, how things change. Now the poor husband, “Oh, I am rich” and the rich lover, “Oh, I have no money.” So much anger, so much frustration. And now the rich husband is robbed, he is now poor. So, it ends up that everybody loses: the lady loses, the lover loses, and they all lose the money. They go, “Why, why?” They do not understand.
Sometimes people ask, “Why the bad things happen to good people?” I remember when I was in school, about 17-18 years old, there was one boy in my class that was so intelligent. He used to be very clean person, always at studios studying. He was somewhat religious, went to church on regular basis. Everybody wanted their sons to be like him. Mothers would say, “Why cannot you be like him?”, because we were not, we were a little different. But then one day he got in a car accident and was killed. People could not understand, “Why him? He was so perfect in all the ways. I do not understand why not somebody else.”
Again, when I was even younger I lived in the part of America where there was a lot of black people. They always worked for the white people. That was their position. There was one big black man, 35 years old. He was so physically strong; he could do all kinds of heavy labor. He was very clean with living habits, very honest. Everybody wanted him to work for them. And then there were the rest of the guys in black bodies. They drank and were unreliable: they said they worked but they would not, they were lazy, often times dishonest. One day there was a car of these men driving down the road, the car was full. And, there was again a car accident. One person got killed, the rest of people hardly got injured at all. Who do you think it was? This good guy. And everybody, “Why do not those guys, the worthless guys? He is the only good one.” It seemed like everything is not fair: the bad guys get on top, the good guys – not.
Some people die very young in life, other people live so long. Somebody you know very dear to you, they are healthy but all of a sudden they discover they got cancer, “Why me? Why him? I do not understand.” And on and on it goes.
There was a young boy I knew in Los-Angeles. He was a cool guy, 15 years old, very good looking. All the girls liked him; he had a lot of friends. One day he goes to the beach to enjoy swimming in the ocean, sunshine and have a nice day at the beach. But Los-Angeles is the place where there are many gangs and he got in a gang fight. He got stabbed in the back and he immediately was paralyzed from here down. A trouble event for him. All of a sudden, his life is now completely different. He is now to be in a wheelchair for life. Of course, he suffered very strong physical pain, but he suffered huge mental pain as well. Life changes in a moment.
It can go the other way, you are poor and you win a lottery. Things are changing and it seems like we cannot figure it out, we cannot control it. It is confusing and we are perplexed. So, the truth is that there is one good explanation. We can understand these things, we can. It is possible to really understand what is going on.