Is it Karma?

The butterfly effect or Newton’s law (every action has an equal and opposite reaction) is probably the closest scientific explanation for Karma.

Every day, the universe is righting wrongs.

Is is Karma?

First story in my news feed today involved Matt Lauer and got me thinking, once again, about Karma. Reading industry comments that painted Lauer in unfavorable terms, I felt sorry for those around him, when, maybe, I should have felt an ounce of sympathy for the man himself. He hadn’t been proven guilty yet, right?

Having dealt with hostile situations created by men in positions of power … well, I allowed my past to color my opinion. To see this as the Western interpretation of Karma, some cosmic justice system at work: do good and (hopefully) find good. Or the opposite. 

Universal harmony and balance.

Harmony is the supreme potential of balance. Your disharmonious actions flow out into the Universe and back upon you, until your own harmony and balance are restored. — Universal Law of Harmony and Balance

What about ambition and balance?

Seems somewhere along the way, ambition and arrogance did away with harmony and balance. We’ve all heard of cutthroat business situations. Of utter ruthlessness.

No one gains wealth and position without stepping on dead bodies.

Fortunes are made when there is blood in the streets.

Is that ambition? Drive? A centuries-old human condition at odds with our age of advancements?

The opposite side of the coin 

How about this: are we too quick to judge?

I was after reading the Lauer story and commentary. Made up my mind before reading the final word. Felt angry at power abusers. Sorry for the victims. Again. 

Such automatic feelings, however, create another problem. Pushed too far, the pendulum will swing  back and forth until it stops … somewhere.

The middle ground — such coveted territory — let’s hope the pendulum stops and stays there.


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13 responses to “Is it Karma?

  1. Would the European mindset of how men treat women at work be considerably different than here in the U.S? I DO feel sorry for Lauer’s family. This would be hard on his kids, and possibly his wife depending on what she already knew.

    However, having been accosted by bosses at work, years ago, I’m delighted to see so many men getting in trouble. Years ago there was nothing I could do about the treatment I received. But I don’t want people to get in trouble because someone was creating false statements. What is truth these days?

    • European mindset, I think, is the same. There is widespread sexual predation on women there, unfortunately. More women are feeling embolden to speak up. There is progress, but moving slower than here, as far as I can say anyway. Been gone a long time. :) On Lauer, yes, I feel sorry for his family, not so much for him, now that we have more details. Times are changing, let’s hope for the best.
      Thanks, Gwynn.

  2. You put into words my own thoughts on this matter. Then, we heard about Garrison Keillor. Now, NPR wants to shut down everything he’s done. We might be too quick to react. We might be throwing out the entire dinner because of one spoiled dish. And, yet, one of the first comments out of my mouth was, “You can’t trust any of them.”

    • You’re right, Mary, we have to be careful and not throw the entire dinner out, as you say. Some people will take advantage of this movement for personal gain, out of spite. Somehow, we have to identify those while not trivializing what’s been happening to far too many women.
      Thanks for contributing to the discussion.

  3. It’s amazing how lightning quick this all is coming out. On the one hand I’m glad that something is finally being done. On the other, I wonder if any of these are false. So far, it doesn’t seem like it, but you never know.

  4. Seems like, might be the universe’s way of making sure justice is done, even when the law fails. But on the flipside, the universe may be unjustly harsh, or naïvely lenient. Sometimes it seems like a few undeserving people get someone else’s karma. And as we all too often think, many of us feel the rich and powerful must of gotten there by foul means, which is not always the case, so we patiently wait for them to get their comeuppance that they may not even deserve. It’s a strange world we live in.

  5. There is a word missing in there. :-) The first line was to say that it seems like KARMA might be the universe’s way…

  6. We could use some middle ground in all the hysteria, but the pent up feelings of abused women have been building for years! I have a term: cosmic retribution. Whenever I was badly treated, I wouldn’t strike back but would wait for cosmic retribution. Amazingly, it always happened!

  7. Amazing Post. The couple of lines in the starting made me read the post. An awesome one.

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