According to the just-world phenomenon, one is subject to what one deserves. Ex: Bad things happen to bad people and vice versa.
I am wondering what yall’s views on this subject are. Do you believe that people get what they deserve? Or is it entirely conditional?[/quote]
“Prick us do we not bleed?.. Wrong us, do we not revenge?”
(Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act 3, Scene I)
Justice is simply institutionalized vengeance – it’s the vengeance we can all live with, since it sometimes works on our behalf. Wishing sometimes drastic suffering on others is pretty normal (which is by no means an admonition for acting on such impulses, simply realize they exist so you can diffuse them, least if you want a happier life.)
Now, justice, equality and such are human concepts to regulate human behavior and have no analogs in Nature. The “just-world” stuff you are talking about conflates human-centric behavior with pretty much everything else – sort of “nice doggy” but on steroids. If the dog wants to bite you in the leg, the dog is going to do it and trying to make it part of your social group (which works pretty well for keeping mid-sized primates happy) ain’t gonna do shit any more than praying to a volcano for mercy. Thinking someone got cancer because you don’t like them (or more likely, some group they are in) assumes a disease is working on your behalf, which is goofy.
My assessment of “just-world”? Damned near complete drivel is how I’d put it, but it does let you off the hook for helping that annoying neighbor and makes you Schadenfreude sound like it has cosmic backing. It is theorizing for overly vengeful people so they can keep intellectual distance from their own toxic feelings. If someone is a turd and deserves to be whacked upside the head, do it yourself. Don’t hope someone else drops and anvil on them and then make up comforting theories about it.
And as always, I’m probably just full of shit…