Monday, April 16, 2007

Thoughts on Karma

I am a fan of Karma. Not sure why, but in my life it always seems that as soon as I do something wrong, something bad happens to me. Often of the same nature. I have friends who do not believe in it, and say that life is just a series of cause-and-effect, but I really do think that the more bad things you do, the worse things happen to you. And, no, I have not been watching too much “My Name is Earl.”

It is the major driving force behind me not doing bad things to people: I am just afraid to have them done to me. Perhaps it is the Golden Rule driven by fear, but my belief in Kara has led me to stop doing a lot of things I used to do. And my life has gotten better. Now some might say that because I do not engage in ill-behaving activities I open myself up less to bad things happening to me, and that is quite possible. When you run with a cleaner crowd you tend to expose yourself less to the bad elements.

Now that I think about it, the only bad things that have happened to me that I had no control over (getting fired form jobs is more or less my fault no matter how you cut it) are thing which, at some point in my life I have done to other people. So, as much as I can, I am planning on not engaging in any activities that would hurt someone else I would not mind having done to me.

I guess my question to all of you is if you believe in Karma? Do you think there is actually some sort of rule of life whereas the worse shit you do the worse you get it? Or is it more a result of the lifestyle you lead and the company you keep. I believe in the first, and therefore it is the fear that governs my daily actions. For better or for worse, I think I am a better person now not so much because I want to treat others better, but because I want them to be nice to me. Call it selfish, but at least it gets the job done.

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At 1:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe in karma. What goes around, comes around, 100%. It doesn't make sense for life to be a series of cause-and-effects. What about the effects that have no causes or vise versa?

At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am Catholic, so technically I don't believe in "karma."
Having said that, I believe that each one of us has made, is making, and will make his or her own own destiny.
Imus got what he got because he lives in that world of "dog eat dog" or whatever you want to call it. To use an analogy, he invested in it, he bought and sold shares in it, and he ultimately got sold by it.
Or even a little more current. And this is more of a reply to "some catchy chic," what happened up at Va Tech today had no "cause," at least none that we can discern. Some guy just flipped. It happens everyday. In all sorts of ways. Not always that extreme though.
I tell you this though. Its why I own a gun. Nobody is responsible for my own protection, but me. But as they say: live by the sword, die by it.
Anyway, white dade, I guess what I'm trying to say is believe that good things can come to you, and they will. Believe people are basically good (even here in the Magic City) and witness they're kindness, generosity, and grace surround you.
And finally, I believe that hot chick I met at Starbucks over the weekend will definitely let me hit it...

At 7:30 PM, Blogger aikin said...

nah, I don't believe in karma. I know plenty of asshats who need to suffer some "what goes around comes around" and haven't.

At least not yet.

At 7:49 PM, Blogger Counsellor in Cultivation said...

I think if you believe in Karma, you're going to percieve it happening. For example...the Karma believer says "if I hit someone's car in the parking lot and take off, and then, 6 months down the road when something similar happens to me, I"ll say 'Omg, it's because i hit that car and didn't leave a note.'"

This is simply the mind remembering a "bad" thing that you did and counteracting the guilt by leading you to believe that now the cosmic forces have evened themselves out.

I tend to be more of the pursuasion (at least right now -- i change daily) that things are pretty freaking random. If I want to believe I stubbed my toe as a result of making that racist comment last week, then fine. But chances are, the two things would have happened completely independently of eachother -- we just look for explanations in life of why bad things (or good things for that matter) happen sometimes.

It's a psychological construct.

At 11:39 AM, Blogger The Diva's Thoughts said...

I am a definite. believer in Karma. I do believe that what goes around comes around. I alos believe in treating people as you would want them to treat you. I live my life that way.

At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

Karma, Golden Rule, other such ideas about living in society all mirror each other. Karma has that whole buddhist feel and thats cool I guess. I guess the Golden Rule ('do unto others as you would have them do unto you'- for those who might be scratching their head) probably has its religious roots as well. In theory though they are all pretty close to the same. But saying "Karma" when something good or bad happens is much more chic than saying "Golden Rule". I believe in it in someways, in others not so much. Why? Because bad stuff still happens to good people. Ultimately it comes down to choice. I haven't studied it but I'd say people who do good things, feel better about themselves than people who don't. So by doing good things, you likely reinforce those good feelings in yourself. Granted, that can't stop the a hole from taking the car door off infront of the club, something bad happening to you. Okay, I think I'm catching myself going in circles here so I'll stop. I say do what makes you feel good, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and physically and any other -ly I forgot.

At 12:11 PM, Anonymous Johnson said...

“Do you think there is actually some sort of rule of life whereas the worse shit you do the worse you get it? Or is it more a result of the lifestyle you lead and the company you keep.”

I think it’s more the 2nd thing than the first. I’m a believer in the saying, “show me your friends and I’ll show you who you are.” Chances are if you’re out running around with bad people and doing bad shit, it’s going to catch up with you just because you’re putting yourself in those situations.

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Manola Blablablanik said...

I think karma is a misused term. It originally applies to separate lifetimes, ie, your karmic legacy from one lifetime to the next.

But in this one life, you could argue that it's more like the law of attraction, which I totally believe in.
Everything that happens to you is a reflection of something you are projecting from within yourself to the outer world. You will attract whatever it is you need to learn until you finally learn it. A lot of people have a hard time wrapping their minds around that, but I've seen way too much tangible proof of it in my life lately to believe otherwise (all good stuff, by the way).

If you are being conscientious you will project that.

At 1:31 AM, Blogger Paul said...

i'm with the counsellor on this one..

If you have to "believe" in something, then there probably isn't enough proof for it to really be true. You have to believe, because you can't produce any empirical/repeatable evidence. I say I believe in things when I'm deluding myself or trying to make myself feel better.

Karma is fun to think about, and makes us feel better when we get fucked over by someone who doesn't get punished. "He'll get his!"... then when something does, because bad shit happens to people all the time, we can sit there and pretend like there is some cosmic force out there that thinks like we do.

the problem with karma is that it's too passive-aggressive. if you want something bad to happen or think someone deserves to have something bad happen to them, take karma by the reigns and organize some payback.

manola, was that a fancy way of saying "you get what you deserve"?

At 11:23 AM, Blogger minijonb said...

i believe in karma. i also believe that karma can be a bitch. does that mean i believe in a bitch? i'm sooo confused...

At 11:29 AM, Anonymous My Two Cents said...

Karma also helps us pat ourselves on the back when something good happens to us we know we don't deserve. It feels better to say "I deserve it because I am a good person and do good things all the time" than to say "I got lucky."

Actually, getting lucky feels pretty good, too.....

At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you still have a lot of bad karma coming to you White Dickface. In fact I happen to know there's some coming your way. I'm going to bet you figure out when it comes and why.

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Joe (again) said...

As for who you are friends with, I'd say I agree with Johnson.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that the only times you got in trouble in adolesence was the furniture on the high school roof incident, and fortunately for you, your mom is a lawyer. I don't really want to toot my own horn but you hung out with me a lot and well, I'm not the hell on wheels type. Thus your risk of bad shit happening, a lot less. Then you moved to Miami. Go to school experiment as do many and you become who you are today. Granted you aren't that much different, but you hang out with much different people who are into much different things. Granted I like those people and you obviously chose them as friends for a reason but when one puts themselves in risky situations on a constant basis, it tends to catch up as someone previously posted.

Maybe you are just growing up a bit? It happens to all of us sooner or later. In someways for the best, and in a lot of ways it sucks.

Again do what you think will benefit you in the end but take into consideration that your benefit might be adding to someone elses benefit.


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