We have many sayings in Tamil which literally translates to the following.
A thief of many days will be caught some day.
Truth always succeeds.
One who creates trouble to others, will be in trouble some day.
I used to seriously think on these. Is there a person sitting somewhere above the world who makes a note of all the crimes? Is he capable of punishing wrong-doers?
Then it struck me. It must be something like the following.
Whole world must be a system. All the people in this world, are part of system (let us call them Components) and they keep the system working. The system was initially in a non-equilibrium state. But the components of the system has worked on various means to bring the system into equilibrium, like rules, laws etc. So whenever a part of the system, say a criminal, does something like breaking the rules, the system goes out of equilibrium. System somehow tries to come back to equilibrium and during this process, all the energy spent in breaking the equilibrium is released. (Assumption – Total energy of the system remains a constant) This energy directly affects the component that caused the disturbance. Intensity of the disturbance that disrupted the equilibrium is directly proportional to the time taken by the system to restore back to equilibrium. But there can be a few exceptions, when there is no direct relation between these two variables…
OK. I will stop here…