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.