Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Karma

I've talked a little about my spiritual beliefs before. Okay maybe a lot. But I'm going to talk about one thing in particular this time. That is the concept of karma. As the title suggested. The main principle of karma, expressed in quite possibly it's most simple form is "Do good things and good things happen to you, do bad and bad things happen." I borrowed that line pretty much straight from the old TV show My Name Is Earl. It's about a guy who was a petty criminal and discovered karma after being hit by a car after winning the lottery and being divorced by his wife in hospital because she was leaving him for a black man. Don't worry there's no racism. That show was pretty good, but it lacked an ending. It was cancelled during it's fourth season, which ended on a cliff hanger. I think that they didn't realise they wouldn't get a fifth season until after the fourth was done.

Anyway I'm not here to talk about TV shows, I'm here to talk about karma. I have actually seen some good examples of karma. As you know I was surrounded by, well, quite simply, bastards, when I was in school. Most of these people have actually gone on to lead pretty shitty lives. I think that overall I probably lean more towards good, though I accept I have done, and continue to do a lot of bad. Don't look at me like that, it's true. It's the main reason I never really understand when something good happens to me, and it's one of the reasons I guess I strive to do so much good. Though I do just enjoy helping other people as well. I don't exactly feel like the universe really rewards me for what I've done, so I'm hardly doing it out of some feeling that I have to be good.

I do know though that some good has been given to me. I often wonder just what I've done to deserve Jessica in my life. I also wonder just what I've done to deserve some of you folks in my life. Though I suppose some may consider my blog to be a good thing. I've also experienced a fair share of bad from this world, I just don't like to really think on that. The more I think on that, the less I feel like blogging. I've done too many things I shouldn't, and not enough things I should.

Still, like I said, some good has come from here, and I've done some good with here. I've helped some people I met from here, and some I have become quite close with. Maybe a little too close. But for now I'm just still in my old mind set of being there for anyone who needs me, and I couldn't stay away even if I wanted to. For all my claims of being an anti-social person who shuns forming bonds, I know I'm readily available to do it.

I really went off topic there. So, to get back on topic, and to end the post, one of my favourite songs. I think this song can sum up karma pretty well, plus it's just downright cool.

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  1. My name is Earl is such a great show man. I'd love to believe in the concept of Karma but sometimes I worry it just exists to make "good," people feel like bad people are going to get what's coming for them. It's such a good concept though, treat others well and you'll be treat well too, if the whole world embraced it we'd live in a much better place.

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    1. Well it's generally how life works anyway. If you're doing something you shouldn't, eventually the truth comes out. If you treat people like dirt then no one is going to want to get close to you. Karma hasn't been much comfort to me, and I've never really thought "Well one day I'll be laughing at how shit their lives are" so I can't really share the view personally that it helps good people deal with bad people by thinking they'll get their comeuppance.

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  2. I wondered the same..I mean, I am surrounded with people whom really I can count on anytime and I don't know what I did to deserved them.

    and I agree with Matt, treat other's well and you'll be treat well too..

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    1. Well I think you're quite a good person, that's a start :) If you want to be treated well by others then you should really treat them well yourselves.

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  3. I haven't watched that show, and I don't think I will ever as it is not available in our country, maybe in YouTube. Karma. When someone asks me what that word means, I just sing them how Alicia Keys explained Karma in her song and that is... what goes around comes around. :)

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    1. Alright "what goes around, comes around" is a lot simpler than what I said.

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  4. You've got good taste in music.

    And I'm not a spiritual person, but the concept of karma makes a lot of sense to me. If you treat other's badly, they're not going to like you. If you treat other's well, they will like you. If you do good, impressive things, people will respect you. However, if you brag about your accomplishments and show off a lot, people will think you are vain.

    Basically, good actions are rewarded, while you may feel the consequences of your bad actions in the future. This is not at all a spiritual matter in my opinion, it's common sense.

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    1. Just because it's common sense does not mean it's not some kind of cosmic force :) Plus some people have trouble seeing, and using, common sense. It's so rare it's a super power.

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  5. Great post as always, and thanks for sharing the song: I will be heading over to itunes when I live here!

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    1. leave. leave here. Stupid spell-check!

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  6. hello Mark. i think we'll always have the bad things we've done amplified far more than the many good things we've done. maybe that just means a good thing because it shows we are still conscious of the wrong things we've done. typically, it's great not to repeat the mistakes but as humans, sometimes it's so bloody tough ??? but we should strive to always have that consciousness i guess.
    i do believe that what goes up must come down - just simple logic.

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    1. I don't think we're rewarded or punished disproportionately, I think that some people have it better than they think, and some have it worse than they think.

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  7. Loved Earl!! It ended way too soon while other drivel continues to pollute tv.

    As for karma...if it is real, any time now things ought to be getting really good for me soon, because its been a total bitch the past couple of years!

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    1. I think it just wasn't a ratings draw anymore and that drivel brings in the mindless masses, which equals good ratings.

      Like I said some people just don't realise how good they have it sometimes :) Though she may be saving up something good for you, who knows?

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  8. Well put, Mark. I have a little account of karma to share.

    When I was younger I had a boyfriend that was a bit of an asshole (I wasn't the greatest person at that time either but I have worked hard to be a better person since then). We didn't date too long but I felt emotionally attached to him even after he dumped me. He strung me along for a while appearing in my life only when it would suit him. For a couple of years I felt like shit and thought I had done something wrong to drive him away. Fortunately I was able to muster up enough self esteem to block him out of my life and move on.

    Recently I had a morbid curiosity to look him up, not because I miss him but just because he was simply someone I once knew. Turns out not only did he wrack up a few driving violations but is currently in prison for trying to rob a bank. I guess I'm not a bad person who did something wrong after all.

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    1. I'm glad you were able to move on and get away from that :) It seems like he continued on the path he would have done and you were lucky to get away from it when you did.

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  9. I used to love My Name is Earl too. I was sad to see it go so unexpectedly.

    I also believe in Karma, and treating others as you want to be treated yourself. I know it's not up to me to decide anyone's fate but I also understand that as long as I treat others with dignity and respect, in turn I will be treated with dignity and respect...eventually in some cases =)

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    1. The way it ended means I have trouble rewatching it, because I don't want to see that end again. Part of me still hasn't given up total hope of a reboot, but even though he was given other offers the creator said they didn't offer him enough money to make his visions a reality. So, who knows?

      It may take a while in some cases yeah :) But there are some people who are never going to treat you with dignity and respect, and don't deserve to have you around totally. The longer you hang around them the more they can possibly lower you to their level, unless you can raise them to yours.

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  10. Nice post. I'm listening to the song now - which of course is new to me since I'm so clueless about Western music!

    Karma, or whatever you want to call it (because the same theory is pretty much used in most religions/cultures) makes very logical sense and so works for me too :-)

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    1. Well if you like it I can suggest some more probably. Karma makes logical sense, and is one of the few spiritual beliefs that does :)

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  11. Here, take these two well-written articles on the matter:
    Karma
    Karma 2

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    1. Thank you very much for those.

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  12. First I must say, that song is awesome and you are awesome for posting it. A while back, my dad told me "My name is Earl" is funny and I should check it out, never did get around to it though. As much as I would like to believe in karma, it seems just like superstition to me. Kind of like an old wives tale, with no actual proof or anything. Besides that, I'm glad you have received some good things your way whether it was the result of karma or coincidence.

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    1. Sometimes it seems like I got Jessie because I needed someone to keep me alive, but thinking like that sounds egotistical. Like I think I'm destined for some higher purpose, which, like I said, sounds egotistical.

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  13. I always try to do good, and hope that karma will help me at times, but sometimes people take that as an advantage...I've had experience of that myself.
    Karma vs Coincidence, now that's something to think about. It's strange that bad people get good things done for/to them while good people get nothing.
    I still like to watch repeats of "My Name is Earl"...even if it is on in the middle of the night!

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    1. If you don't let people taking advantage stop you from being good, then you're a step closer to being truly good :) Like I said before I don't think some people see how good they have it, or how bad others have it. Still, there does seem to be a lot of bad people out there who are getting away with everything, and you're just waiting for karma to come along and punch them in the face. They all get what they deserve, eventually. Hopefully.

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  14. My favorite song is actually titled Karma, but it's by the band Bump of Chicken.

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  15. I don't know what to believe spiritually anymore. I suppose it's true if you do lots of bad stuff it eventually catches up with you. People who have been doing nasty stuff for decades come down with anal cancer and then suffer like 6 weeks before they die, and then people say, "Oh that was bad karma!" Ahhh, big deal. So they get a little taste of the misery others felt their entire lives, and that is supposed to even things out? I don't know...I just don't know. Though I guess karma makes a lot more sense than other spiritual philosophies.

    P.S. Lookin' forward to the Thursday podcast.

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    1. Sometimes it can be pretty tough to hold on to spiritual beliefs, but that's when really you should try to hold on to them. Call me crazy but I do not want to suffer at all. I think that one of the reasons that some bad people seem to get away with it without being punished is that they punish themselves so much, they're overburdened by their guilt, and it's a fate worse than death. I should know, I've been there.

      We just recorded the podcast for tomorrow actually and I don't know what to tell you to expect.

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  16. I remember learning in an Eastern religion class ages ago that there is no such thing as good karma. Have you heard that? I can't remember the lesson.

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    1. I don't think I have heard that, and I don't really believe it. Most religions that have karma as part of their belief system have reincarnation as well, and good karma is how you get "good" reincarnations if you will.

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  17. You mentioned one of my favorite shows. I'll ignore that the main character is a Scientologist. Truly a terrifying cult.

    Here's my favorite example of instant karma. My niece likes to let out her aggression on my dog. Two days ago, she kicked my baby on his hind leg. She turns around, trips on something, and bangs her leg pretty hard. She cried, I laughed.

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    1. It's almost a shame he couldn't get the money for the show from the scinos. I might change my views on them. Just a little.

      I would have laughed at that too really. But I enjoy the pain of others.

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  18. In the A-Z I picked karma for the letter k. My thoughts are a little different to yours though http://boy-hood.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/to-z-of-issues-k.html

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