Karma is the theory that we are reborn with payback from previous lives. If something bad happens to you, it’s just punishment from something bad you did before that you don’t know about. No need for earthly judgement systems, because all the judgement is sorted out by God (or some equivalent) inbetween lives.
I have never been comfortable with the idea of karma, and now I have worked out why.
Let’s take an example of something bad happening to someone, a child being sexually abused. The abused child is getting their payback because they were a paedophile in a previous life. That’s ok then, we no longer have to worry about paedophilia, or make any effort to resolve it, it’s just the karma playing itself out. The paedophile is doing us all a favour by giving the child its due punishment, a taste of its own medicine. We know that child deserves to be abused because of karma. The rule of karma says that the abused child must have been a paedophile in a previous life. It’s payback. And we know the paedophile will get his payback in a future life. So that’s great, we can just carry on with our own lives, everything will sort itself out. No need to intervene, it will only muck up the karma system if we do. Paedophilia is a necessary part of the universal scheme of things in order to rebalance karma. Accept it and carry on.
Another aspect of karma is that it neatly explains why life is such a struggle, why there is so much suffering in the world. We all have to play out different roles in different lives, that’s just the way it is, the natural order of things. It’s meant to be like that. No need to do anything, because we can’t. Accept it. There is no other choice. We are powerless, helpless. Just follow the script.
Karma is used by some to justify having a more affluent lifestyle. It’s their reward because they must have been a slave in a past life, and now it’s their turn to be wealthy after all that hard work. All signed off and approved by God, so that’s ok then. The current slaves will get their turn too, in the next life. Well they won’t, because the structure is a pyramid and there are limited places at the top. Personally, I don’t see that an affluent lifestyle living off the back of others’ suffering is a “rich” life, a reward or prize. I see it as spiritually poor.
If you are a “saving for the future” type person, you might even want to suffer, believing you will get a good karma credit rating to get a good next life with some good payback. A bit like working really hard to save up for a nice holiday. This also mirrors the Christian approach of getting brownie points for being good so that you get into heaven. Kids are trained from an early age to work for points and rewards if they are “good”.
Karma sounds like a great justification for accepting things as they are. Acceptance seems like a good way to suppress your anger, deny what’s going on, and to justify continuing propping up the current system dictated by a few elite at the top. Noone wants to make changes do they? It’s so much easier not to, to find a justification for doing nothing. We want things to change, but not if we have to make a change in our comfortable lifestyle. We are used to acceptance, we have been trained from birth to acccept our lot. Kids that glimpse the truth, and react against such training are “problem” children, labelled wayward or challenging or ill or delusionary. Angry kids are told to calm (karm) down.
One of the mantras of Buddhism is “acceptance”, and curiously Buddhism and other Eastern religions that spread the Karma theory, are on the rise in the West. Buddhist monks are indoctrinated with teachings from a very early age. The Dalai Lama was removed from his mother at the age of 4. The Buddhist monk system is remarkably similar to the British boarding school system. The mother child bond is broken early, leaving the child ripe for external indoctrination from the ruling elite power in both Britain and Tibetan cultures.
Paedophiles must love the Karma theory. It not only makes their hideous acts acceptable, it actually makes them necessary for karma to be in balance. This is exactly what the paedophiles say they are doing. They are acting out something natural, something ordered by God. They are doing nothing wrong. The child is willing (because they groom the child into “acceptance” of what’s been done to them). Maybe the child even “deserves it” or “asks for it”. You can see where this is going, as Buddhism rises up to replace the spiritual vacuum in the West, we get more belief in Karma, and it plays into the paedophile’s agenda.
Maybe karma theory has been spread by those in power in order to perpetuate our calm docile acceptance of their control. Coincidentally, many of those in power seem to be involved in paedophilia. Or maybe Karma has been lapped up hungrily by many looking for a convenient explanation for evil. I see the role of evil as there to prod us into doing something, to work towards getting rid of the evil, not into “acceptance” of it for perpetuity. The more we accept it, the more it continues, in this life, and any future incarnations.
Where has our human compassion gone, our compassion for our kindred spirits, when paedophilia, slavery, and mass slaughter, get justified as necessary and acceptable?
(See also earlier posts: The Saviour Within, Comfortable Prisons, Goodies and Baddies, Normalising Paedophilia, Centre for Exploiting Missing Children, The Role of Evil)