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Do you believe in karma?

I have a couple of issues with the concept that, good or bad, your actions in this world will come back to you tenfold.

Issue #1: I’ve seen terrible things happen to good people.

Issue #2: I’ve seen the lowest of human life forms succeed and thrive.

Issue #3: Are we supposed to do good in this world only because we’re afraid of what will happen if we don’t? What happened to being a good person because…well…it’s the right thing to do?

That said, imagine how the world would change if everyone believed in karma. If people believed that every wrongful action would have an immediate consequence that was just as nasty.

If they knew that every good deed would earn them one in return.

How amazing the world would be!

What, if anything, would you do differently if you believed in karma?

If you have a story of karma in action, please share it with me.

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9 Comments

  1. Bish Denham

    There is, in science, such a thing as cause and effect. Karma is similar but it doesn’t work the way most people think it does. The actions of you past life/lives determines what happens in your current life. An over-simplified example might be: a person was a murderer in a past life and never found out, never confessed, that person is then reincarnated and has a good life, is a good person but terrible things keep happening to him/her. That’s the effect of Karma.

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    • Bish Denham

      I believe there is a law of cause and effect. As for reincarnation and karma… I won’t know until I die, and maybe not even then. 🙂

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  2. Chrys Fey

    Karma is a tricky issue. It’s heard to understand when something bad happens to us, but I have hope that the good will come to the good and the bad will eventually come to the bad.

    I love the picture you posted. 🙂

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    • Holli Moncrieff

      Thanks, Chrys. I hope that too, but I’ve definitely seen the opposite happen a lot. I used to work for a cancer charity.

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  3. Frank Powers

    I believe in small karma. An idiot throwing his golf club at the ground in frustration getting that golf club tossed right back at his groin by an earth offended at how the golfer was taking her views for granted, kinda thing.

    For the record, I don’t throw golf clubs anymore.

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    • Holli Moncrieff

      You’re awesome, Frank! Best example ever…made me laugh. I’m interested to see what your “K” is today.

      Thanks for commenting.

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  4. Stephanie Faris

    Someone who was really into Buddhism once told me that non-Buddhists have twisted the meaning of karma. Apparently the concept of karma calls for your actions to be paid back in your next life. Since many Christians don’t believe in reincarnation, that would leave karma out as a possibility for them, I guess? Instead, we like to believe a person’s acts are paid back now, while we can watch it happen! That actually is a more pleasant idea…but I do firmly believe that those who walk through life with a positive attitude, doing good things to others, naturally attract good things (and people) to themselves.

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    • Holli Moncrieff

      I would like to believe that too, but the problem with this theory is when a good person has something terrible happen to them. Say they get cancer…are they supposed to think they weren’t “good” enough? Or that they did something bad in a past life?

      Or what if a good person goes through a period of negativity? Have they doomed themselves?

      Sometimes good, positive people attract very negative people, simply because they are kind and patient enough to put up with that behaviour.

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