About karma

You reap what you sow.

A friend of mine was paid to help write a medical paper for a lazy student for a fee, which raised the issue of karma.  The medical student has cheated, will they suffer karma for this? The old saying is you reap what you sow, then what will this student reap as their harvest?

With the advent of the internet it is easy for students to cheat: they can copy someone elses work; they can pay someone else to do their work for them; they can purchase an essay paper off certain website services.  To me as a potential employer the karma is I am aware of this cheating, and I now no longer regard qualifications as worth the paper they are printed on; I won’t employ anyone on the basis of their qualifications, I will instead be looking at practical experience and skills, which I will find out through questioning and my own ways of testing.

There is no “god” acting as judge and jury of our actions “out there” in my opinion.  The cosmos is like a great river flowing to and from a given source, but it is mindless.  I remember a saying from China of the river as a non-judgemental source of food, clean water and transport; one that is full of abundance, but if a man throws himself into the river with iron shoes on the river will drown and kill the stupid man.

The student who cheated will sow his karma because by cheating he will have lack of knowledge and wisdom, which he could have obtained through the doing; he will be caught out either by having his ignorance revealed, or by a horrible error in that someone suffers due to his ignorance.

Our karma in my opinion is brought about by nothing “out there” but by our own action of moving against the common of the Cosmos, so like a river it will drown us.  We through our actions separate ourselves from self, other people, from nature, cut ourselves off from the abandance out there, and all we will eat is dust.

In a beekeeping blog they reported that there is something wrong with queen bees which limits their egg laying to only one year, instead of the three years of former times.  The actions of mankind is creating a harvest of dust in nature, and eventually the karma will catch up in the form of hunger and famine if the bees, and other natural sources of abundance on this planet start to fail.

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7 responses to “About karma

  1. A lot of people misunderstand the concept of karma. Karma is the reality that every event has a cause, and every action has an effect. As you say, there is no “jury… out there”, but people’s actions will affect them one way or another.

  2. AJ,

    It tends to fall into this cognitive bias

    The just-world hypothesis (or just-world fallacy) is a cognitive bias referring to the common assumption that the outcomes of situations are caused or guided by some universal force of justice, order, stability, or desert. In other words, the just-world hypothesis is people’s tendency to attribute consequences to, or expect consequences as the result of, a cosmic power responsible for the righting of past wrongs, injustices, or imbalances. The premise of the fallacy popularly appears in English in the form of various figures of speech, which often imply a negative reprisal of justice, such as: “You got what was coming to you,” “What goes around comes around,” and “You reap what you sow.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just-world_hypothesis

    jog on
    duc

  3. It’s just the universal law of cause and effect (or) give and take!

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