Karma is one of those words that gets thrown around all the time. I see people use that term frequently on the internet, and I hear it in conversation. They say they believe in karma, or hear about an event and say “Ha! That’s Karma for ya!”
These people aren’t Buddhist or Hindu, but I understand that they are using the common or ‘informal’ usage of the word….sort of.
(in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences
informal – destiny or fate, following as effect from cause.
But I have to tell you, I am not quite so certain that karma really works the way some people seem to think it does. Sure, it’s easy to say, when something unfortunate happens to someone you dislike ,”Well, that’s what they get, karma’s a bitch!” But in my many years on this earth, I’ve seen a lot of things happen to people. Good people and bad people. Good things and bad things. And I’m just not sure I believe in that kind of balance, reward, retribution theory.
We all know people who are just….unpleasant. Gossipy, rude, arrogant, or much worse. And sometimes, those people seem to have it made. Nothing negative ever seems to happen as a result of the harm that they do to others. They seem to just live their life on their terms and never suffer any consequences.
But what really causes me to question the theory is when really, really horrible things happen to really, really wonderful people. Particularly, things like, when children get cancer. That child has done NOTHING to deserve that, ever. Or when good parents lose their children. In particular, I think of my longtime blog friend Hallie, who tragically lost her precious son CJ to suicide. Nobody deserves that. Period.
And the situation going on right now in Georgia, with the older couple, Bud and June Runion,
who went to buy a classic car from someone they contacted via Craiglist. They haven’t officially stated that the bodies they found are the Runions, but it’s very clear that they have been killed. This story has grabbed my heart, and now, broken it. They had three daughters who loved them, grandchildren, etc….that is NOT karma, my friends. Nothing you can say would convince me otherwise.
And of course, there are tons of people in this world who have literally gotten away with murder, rape, child molestation, on and on. Where’s karma in those situations?
I’ve tried throughout my life to treat people the way I wished to be treated. I am not in any way claiming to have been perfect in my attempts! But I truly have tried. Yet, I’ve had some pretty awful things happen to me in the past, things that I know in my heart I did not deserve in any way. For example – a 100% faithful wife being cheated on doesn’t make sense under the “karma” theory, does it? (although in the end, it ended up being a blessing, but that’s a whole ‘nother post!)
Oh and I am NOT referring to my current wonderful husband, by the way. He’s a far better man than that.
And I wonder how other things could be explained by people who firmly believe in the popular concept of karma. Like, a relatively young, married couple BOTH being diagnosed with major, serious, lifelong health problems/diseases. While not life-threatening, they are incurable and will cause both of them pain, discomfort, struggles, money concerns, etc. throughout the rest of their lives. By this logic….what did they do to deserve such “bad karma”?
What are your thoughts on karma? Why do terrible things happen to wonderful people? Why do good things happen to bad people?