The laws of Physics say that every moment in your life is a discrete event. It has no connection what so ever with any other moment. You may feel like it is but, in fact, each moment is an event by itself. Let us accept this as fact for now. In such a world, interconnectedness between events only occurs when one impacts the next. I say something, and you reply for example. Most would agree that one led to the other. What happens when we try to connect events that have no connection? My act of charity to an orphanage and my feeling jealous of a sibling. There is no link, but we often seek interconnectedness. I hope for forgiveness for my jealousy as an outcome of my charity. You are told to atone for your sins.
However, your act of atonement has no bearing on any other independent event. Why should things balance out? In fact, how can they balance out? Remember events do not balance out in buckets of two’s; events or people. In reality, we have one-to-one interactions and many-to-many. Imagine twenty people interacting with each other over twenty discrete events. How would someone even keep an account of what needs to be balanced and what doesn’t? Just to complicate things further, imagine that events vary in degree. My bad is not as bad as yours. An omnipotent God might compute and account for all of this. In her absence, discrete events by definition have to remain disconnected. There is no one even to balance the books.
My good friend Vinod once asked, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Is it possible because there is simply no connection between one and the other? In such a construct, do we need a new design for our actions? What motivates you to be good or evil?