fresh-m @ stock.xchng
Coming from a Buddhist background, I know the concept of karma well but I don’t believe in it. Karma is a highly nuanced subject but the gist of it is summed up easily:
If you do good things, good things will happen to you – if you do bad things, bad things will happen to you.
Of course, good things should happen to good people, and bad things should happen to bad people. Though in real life that is not a guarantee. That bad things happen to good people, and that bad people get away with evil deeds everyday are a given.
And the argument is even more stark when you include babies and children. They get born with defects, they go hungry, they get abused, they fall ill and they die. If you believe in karma, then you must believe that they have somehow brought it on themselves. How do you reconcile that?
However, there are two things that I do take from the concept of karma, and they are:
- Do no evil, and
- Evil people get neither forgiveness nor mercy.
To a lesser extent, that’s how I also deal with people who’ve crossed or wronged me. I don’t wish them harm, but they get excised out of my life completely. They abuse my friendship, so they should lose it.
My arguments here about bad things should only happen to bad people, and that unfortunate babies and children do not deserve their fate can also be applied to the Christian belief that all non-Christians would go to hell, regardless of whether they are good or evil.
But that’s a new can of worms to be opened another day. 😉