Monday, May 9, 2016

Why I DON'T Believe In Karma


I don't really believe in superstitions....but more than that, I don't believe in Karma.

"What?!?", you say.  "How can you not believe in Karma?"  I know, I know.  Karma is one of those lovely thoughts that help people sleep better at night.  It's all about balance and justice and blah, blah, blah.  I just don't believe that there's some cosmic force, doling out justice; and if there is....well, it really sucks at doing it's job.  There are some people in this world who were dealt a really crappy hand, and that is never going to change.  Likewise, there are some really awful people out there who have truly never known suffering.  

Karma is one of those ideas that makes people feel better when someone else has wronged them.  "Oh, don't worry; karma will come back and get him".  But what happens when something bad happens to YOU?  Do you get a flat tire and think, "Oh, that must be karma paying me back for taking that guys parking spot?"  When a loved one gets cancer do you think, "Oh, well they must have done something pretty shitty to deserve this fate"?  Of course you don't; because when people believe in karma, they believe it only serves to avenge those who they think deserve it, or to award us for a good deed.  It never affects YOU badly; you're just the victim of someone else who deserves bad karma.

People embrace karma in the same way they do superstitions.  It gives them a sense of control in an uncontrollable world.  No amount of salt over your shoulder or knocking on wood is going to change any of it, so just embrace the wild ride.  Be a decent person; not because there is some karmic reward for you in it, but because it is the decent and human thing to do.  

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