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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Karma’s A Bitch

Karma is that cosmic equalizer, the one that rights a wrong. It’s punishment that boomerangs when bad things are done or a reward for the good ones. It’s a great idea, much like God rewarding the good and punishing evil on Judgement Day.

But face it, karma doesn’t really happen; we just choose to think that events are karmic-induced. “Oh my, I’m late for work!” That’s karma for staying up so late. “I fell in love with a man who cannot commit.” That’s karma for playing around. Karma is a convenient reason, an effect to a cause. And so when bad things happen when we were bad, we attribute it to karma. Because it helps put balance and order into the universe. A chaotic, random universe is a frightening concept to behold.

But until there’s scientific, empirical proof that karma exists, then it’s just an outside substitute for a conscience... or of coincidence. It’s as comforting as the thought of Santa Claus and angels, but less juvenile.

(Image taken here.)


Super Mario P. said...

I've always thought of Karma as a very scientific concept, quite related to Newton's Third Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

joelmcvie said...

@SUPER MARIO P: For physics and the physical world, sure. For other matters, well. =)

Dr. Asa said...

Wow.. what a profound and in depth investigation of the one of the worlds most ancient and comprehensive topics... Five thousand years, hundreds of thousands of thinkers, scholars and contemplatives, and millions of pages later, the glib, self-satisfied, obnoxious and barely competent "modern" can just pass it off with "thats all bullshit."
That is not conscience, that is the psychopathic mind at play.