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Re: theos-l digest: December 06, 1998

Dec 06, 1998 10:52 PM
by kymsmith

Christine wrote:

>It makes logical sense, if I look
>at it "scientifically," but it bothers me because it's so unfair!

Actually, to me, karma doesn't make sense logically either.  It is not
logical to reprimand or correct a child years after he/she has committed
the unacceptable act.  Why in the world would it make sense to correct a
person lifetimes after an indiscretion?  People or parents who do such a
thing would be considered cruel and unfit individuals - why does karma
escape such an accusation?  Karma can't work unless a person knows just
what it IS that has caused the current good or bad time in their life.

It's too easy, via karma, to say "I'm so fortunate in this lifetime because
I was so good in a previous one" or "They are suffering because they were
slimeballs in their previous life."  Karma reminds me of a Christian
reaction to alot of things - Christians say in regards to people - "Well,
they will meet God and be judged and either punished or rewarded.  There is
nothing I can do."  Karma adherents can say "Well, they will meet their
karma and be judged accordingly.  There is nothing I can do."  Karma is
suspiciously akin to the concepts of heaven, purgatory, and hell. If the
cause of cruelty is ignorance - which I believe it is - I cannot see how
"punishment" would be the proper recourse.

And besides, personally, I get little thrill out of knowing that someone is
going to suffer in their next lifetime no matter how base they appear to
treat others.  If I hope to NOT give a damn over whether someone hurt me in
this lifetime or not when I die, why should I want karma to give a damn?



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