Skillful doing has no wanting in it, no desire for anything. Wanting something is the corruption of something. The reward for right action is the action itself.
Slowly and inexorably, in response to manifold transgressions, Nature has begun to assert herself. The books are being balanced, and it is entirely possible that humans will not survive the accounting.
We should be rewarded for making mistakes, not punished. Shamed boys grow into fugitive men—furtive and anxious, hidden and watchful, unable to trust themselves.
As the historical record confirms, enlightenment is not a reward for good behaviour.
“Spiritually speaking,” Carlos Santana said, “we don’t fuck around.”