My karma just ran over your dogma
Suddenly, this has become a very quiet, lonely blog. To those of you reading, I am truly sorry that you now have to put up with the hassle of either 1) Logging in everytime you want to read my blog or 2) Making a wordpress account just to read my blog.
But who knows, maybe something good will come from this! Maybe you will make and follow-through with a blog of your own! If you do, please do inform me, I love reading other people’s thoughts and ideas on anything.
So let’s get down to the topic of today: karma. Basically, does what you do now come back to you in the future?
Does it really exist? Or is it just an ingrained instinct of humans to see patterns?
So taking sides now…let’s explore a little.
Karma does exist
Karma exists when humans admit that there is such thing as fate. You may not be a determinist, but you sure do believe in some kind of natural justice that exists in this world. You believe that “an eye for an eye” occurs naturally during the course of life because it was just supposed to happen. And when you do good things, you believe that good things will happen to you because fate is quite pleased by all this justice making.
When you really get down to it, karma is in almost every religion. For those of you that believe in a heaven and a hell, karma is most definitely ingrained in your *cough* dogma (pardon the terrible joke). The determination of whether or not you go to heaven or hell not just rests on your adherence to your dogma, but also on your acts that you do in your lifetime. If you were good person, and you helped the old lady cross the street, and generally lived a “good” life, then you will most likely go to heaven. If you were an evil person, and commited great atrocities against all of humankind, and set into motion WWIII, you’re probably going to get sent to hell. I suppose that it is this incentive of the reward of a happy afterlife that pushes some people to lead good lives. Of course, not all people are like this, but there are always some out there that need some kind of motivation like utopia to jolt them into religiously based morals. The “if I play nice now, I will always get a cookie later” way of thinking.
Personally, I don’t think that is the best way of parenting.
Karma does not exist
Karma does not exist when the human sees no reason in life. Well that sounds depressing. What I meant to say was something more along the lines of…life is just events that happen and there is no apparent justice guiding the fate of our world. What we perceive as “karma” is nothing more than a good deed followed by a good event or a bad deed followed by a bad event. Moral justice then, is nothing but a mirage in our heads. Oddly enough, this type of thinking requires so much more faith in humans themselves because what people do is not then a precedence to a reward or punishment, but a choice that they make to be either “good” or “bad”. Not believing in karma is more like believing in people rather than a higher force, whether you believe them to be intrinsically “good” or “bad”.
Of course, it is impossible to tell whether events are connected or just a part of the beautiful chaos of our universe. No one will ever know whether our good action today foretells a good day in the future. No one will ever know how long it takes for karma to kick in. A person may give up a kidney today to save the life of a stranger. Ten years later, will he consider the $100 bill he found on the ground a retribution from fate from so long ago or a random lucky find?
I myself do not believe in karma. I find it refreshingly startling to think that humans have the ability to choose between so called good and evil, just for the sake of being good or evil. What I do believe in is the astonishing power of the human brain to perceive differently. Humans are instinctively inclined to continue a line of sight once seen. So karma to me, is doing something nice and seeing the other nice things in life, and doing a bad thing and seeing other bad things in life. To me, we just perceive a pattern in the mess of events.
Worthless people blame their karma. ~Burmese Proverb
KARMA STRIKES AGAIN.
– Beyond Apathy