Karma, Pseudo-Karma, Mindfulness, and Revenge

Buddhism and relevant religions aside, karma is bullshit. Not because karma is not real, though I do think that it’s not, but is bullshit though because, to non-Buddhist people that praise Karma, Karma is to celebrate the misfortunes of others; and not so coincidentally, Karma is only to celebrate the misfortunes of those they don’t like (when misfortunes involve people they do like, I believe the statement then becomes a question and that question is: “Why must bad things happen to good people?”), which, conceptually at least, aligns with Karma fairly well as that Karma is not coincidence, or so at least, that’s what they say. But I say however, that karma is kind of merely just a popular means for writing things off, as that karma is useful for filling any voids that coincidence has pained to reason.

But even so, I’m really actually more middle-ground-ish on karma than my last sentence might suggest, or so at least in terms of an extractable concept that’s found in karma…

On one hand, I don’t believe, not even one little bit, that there’s some sort of mystical or supernatural forces or powers in this world that works to try and fuck over say, maybe your nextdoor neighbor Tom Bishop, because say that Tom Bishop won’t wave back at you despite that you wave and smile his way each morning. No matter what could possibly happen to Tom Bishop from this scenario that I give to you, I do not think that karma would be its relevant issue. Is that fair of me to say? I think yes.

Say though that Tom Bishop is cheating on his wife, Marissa Bishop, and that he’s been sleeping around town and’s been cheating on her with you actually; or say instead that you and Tom Bishop are both complete and utter scumbags who abuse young children, and that you also drown puppies, and strangle kittens, and whatever. Regardless, no matter how horrible are your actions, and no matter what then is to become of you, or happens to you, I still won’t believe in Karma; and were those things to happen even to myself, I’d still not believe in karma–not as how Buddhism interprets Karma, not as how Hinduism interprets Karma, not as how anyone interprets karma.

However, that being said, I do sincerely believe though that our world is interconnected. This is, to me, the extractable concept that I speak of that’s found in karma. What happens to us in this world, much of it happens mainly just for two reasons: revenges, and reciprocations…

If say now for example, that you beat up Tom Bishop’s nine year old son Franklin. Well, first things first, you’ll probably go to jail for this as that you’re an adult for one thing, and anyway, this’d just be an extremely douchebag thing of you to do. Poor Franklin. But say however that Tom Bishop takes matters into his own hands. Say that Tom Bishop is not entirely satisfied with the legal consequences brought upon you, and say that to cool his anger Tom Bishop sets your house on fire and burns it to the ground. This would be an example of Tom Bishop seeking revenge on you. Tom Bishop by the way had mumbled, “that’s karma” under his breath as he walked away from your home as it was burning to the ground.

Karma people though, might not agree that that’s karma, perhaps they’d not approve of Tom Bishop’s opinion that his own actions was karma that’s burned down your house. But, maybe though, maybe if say that you had gotten raped in jail, raped by say Nasty Nate for example, maybe then the karama people would say that this’s Karma because you’d beat up Tom Bishop’s nine year old son to have been there in jail in the first place. But maybe not though. As of course, you could believe in karma, and either of the two types of karma, be it true karma, as in the karma that’s in Buddhism, or pseudo-karma, or rather, convenient karma, that is, and still have your own opinions and original thoughts on things. It’s not like there’s some karma police out there (though there is here, I’m Sargent Karma, mawfucker), rubber-stamping opinions on things, as like there were a voice of the karma people, and as if karma people were even a real thing. That’s not what I’m getting at with this…so don’t start to thinking that if you were…

But back to revenges and reciprocations… Let’s say now, that you don’t beat up little innocent Franklin Bishop, let’s say now instead, that one day Franklin Bishop is out rollerblading near your house and wipes out on the pavement, and that you rush over to his aid, and clean up his scrapes, and you personally return him home to Tom Bishop. Suddenly, Tom Bishop has lost all reasons to burn down your house, you’ve lost your shot at getting raped by Nasty Nate in a jail cell, and also, Tom Bishop has invited you to his Halloween party. Sensible. Wildly hypothetical but sensible.

What I find so annoying about people’s shit crying karma, is that in their doing so it justifies their own negative opinions on someone….

But what makes this be as so much less tolerable than “What goes around comes around” (which is essentially what I do say myself and have argued for on here), and less admirable than Paul McCartney’s, “In the end the love you take is equal to the love you make,” is that shit crying karma implies zero responsibility for one’s own actions–it’s just, ‘someone has fucked me over, and now I want to see them suffer,’ ala ‘I’m right, I’m the victim, I’m morally superior,’ and with a side of ‘I’m too good for revenge, it’s in [God’s] hands now.’

It’s so easy to not like someone, even hate someone, you can hate anyone and for any huge, crazy, uncountable amount of reasons. Just because you don’t like a person doesn’t make you right, and doesn’t make them be wrong either, nor does it necessarily mean that they’ve wronged you. Maybe you’re just a bitter, spiteful bitch, or maybe you’re some douchebag, some dick, a pillowcase that’s chock full of dicks. Did you ever think of that? Did it ever cross your mind that perhaps you’re just a pillowcase that’s packed full of dicks?

Because if you are a pillowcase full of dicks, then revenge, and regardless of whether it’d done at your own hand or the hand of a greater power’s, it should be the least of your concerns. Seriously, you’d be lucky even to have a hand as a pillowcase that’s full of dicks, you silly goose. But really, seriously, revenge is not a healthy desire. And if you knew anything about Buddhism you would know this.

Buddhism tends to be pretty wise by the way if you did not know…

All religions can be boiled down to some few or more central themes, so to speak, for my own lack of better knowledge, that is, but stay with me on this though…

Buddhism is very self-oriented. This much I know. The aim of Buddhism is for the betterment of us all, of course, but the means however, the mechanism, so to speak, is by way of the individual. Mindfulness. If you’re a bag full of dicks, and you didn’t know that you’re a bag full of dicks, then you’re probably not very mindful. And bags full of dick are not good for anyone, including yourself. Some say “success is the best revenge,” but if either success or revenge rank higher on your list than being human, you’ll be a successful bag of dicks with targets on your back, at best. Revenge is never a solution, no matter how you choose to word it, or justify it, it is a continuation of a problem; revenge works back and forth, much as like anything else that we do interpersonally with one another.

Mindfulness is gaining much steam lately, if you’ve happened to notice… took many centuries and the fall of Buddhism before the rest of the world would finally catch on to its worth, but they have now, at least recently as it would seem, and’s evolved much since its beginnings but has remained fundamentally the same, all the same, and so despite the many different adaptations of it employment; mindfulness is employed today even in clinical psychology and psychiatry, and so for very practical reasons. At its rawest summation, mindfulness, under any possible context of its use, is the “intentional, accepting and non-judgemental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment,” says Wikipedia. It’s not so easy to be mindful. It takes a lot of practice.

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