I’ve been thinking a lot about karma recently. Do people who do bad things eventually get punished for their misdeeds?
I had a boss once. This guy was a Class One, arrogant, &^%$#@. He worked just within the boundaries of what was right and what was wrong. He treated women like crap. He wasn’t great with other people either. To be fair, he was a loving and devoted Father. He was a loving and devoted Husband after he cheated on his wife and she told him exactly what he needed to do to make amends.
This guy had it all. Made a lot of money. Had all the physical possessions any man can want. Had a really top job at a really top firm…
But he was still an a**^%$e.
I eventually quit and went on to greener pastures.
I later found out that he got cancer. Pretty bad. I haven’t heard about him in twenty years, so I can’t say that I know what happened to him. I’ve never goggled him, because he was part of my past, and I don’t need to relive things like horrible bosses.
But I can’t help but wonder if the cancer was a sort of karmic payback for all the aggravation and grief that he caused a whole lot of people.
So, was it karma that he got really sick?
But, when I think about the what goes around comes around sort of philosophy, I can’t help but wonder:
What about the people who didn’t do anything wrong, but still get hurt?
I think about this guy, and I think how his wife and daughters suffered watching him go through his cancer and treatement. Am I to assume that they were bad in some way and watching their father/husband suffer is their karmic payback?
Why do good people often have tragedy befall them? Are we to think that they did something bad in a past life?
In my post yesterday, I spoke of someone trying to stop a fare evader, someone trying to be a responsible citizen, and his reward was stitches and a trip to the ER during the pandemic.
What was his payback for?
I want to believe that all bad people get punished eventually, and that all good people have good things happen to them. But I don’t think it works like that.
Is there some spiritual judge and jury out there, doling out punishments and rewards?
Or it it just life, sometimes good and sometimes bad?
Is belief in karma just a way to get us through the bad times, something we can wrap ourselves up in when we need a little push to get through the day, the week or the year? The placebo we need when life keeps breaking us down? The thought that who ever or whatever wronged us will eventually get what they deserve?
Or is there something more to it?