Mama Lied

Mama bless her taught me many great and wonderful things how to live life and be a good person.  She had a wise saying for every occasion and I credit her with how I turned out. 

She always taught me that if I did good things and was an upright citizen good things would happen to me.  That, sorry Mama, is a blatant lie.  Worse than Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Boogey Man, the Policeman who will arrest you for not eating up your greens …

On the contrary sometimes horrific unimaginable things happened to the kindest most selfless people.  I am sure you can come up with events in History that will bear witness or have personal experience of friends, family and even yourself.

If it is true that good things happen to good people then it follows that bad things happen to bad people.  Well, you know as well as I do that that is a great big lie.  Sometimes they appear to be very happy, healthy and rich. 

I am not keen on the Law of Attraction as it implies that I caused or deserved what shit was thrown my way.  Yes I take responsibility for the divorce, it takes two to tango and two to mess up.  We both had a part to play, of course.  But no I didn’t attract the cancer.  Maybe I was under a lot of stress at the time and my immune system weakened and allowed the cancer cells to turn nasty.  Who knows?  I’m not a cancer specialist and even they don’t know really why, otherwise it would be prevented and cancer eliminated?  Now that would merit a Nobel prize in Medicine.

If we are going to attract things into our lives, surely we would attract good stuff and not invite disease or death?  No, sorry, I don’t buy this theory.  Anyway how could you prove it either way?

In my cynical moments I wonder if I’d do better if I copied the bad people, after all being good hasn’t got me anywhere.  But then that wouldn’t be me, and I quite like being me, having the freedom to be me makes me happy so I’ll just keep the status quo.

If good things really do happen to good people there wouldn’t be all this suffering and poverty in the first place because I believe the vast majority are decent people and only a minute minority are evil.  But you’ll find that it is the minority that control the majority’s wealth in the world.  Odd that, isn’t it? 


About cho wan yau

Teacher by day poet/writer by night. Words have been my first love and will be my last. As a child I locked myself into the toilet devouring books which transported me to distant lands. Poetry shared penned from 2009-2010 in a titanic struggle to stay sane at Heartbreak Hotel. Please check it out on Any comments or feedback welcome. Why not share your story with me, because we all have one, don't we?

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