My brother took 2 1/2 year old Nephew Garvin shopping last weekend. The idea was to let him pick out something to give to his lovely mother for her birthday. This is what he picked out:
I am pretty sure he doesn’t understand OTHER people’s birthdays, yet.
In related news, I am hoping he gets me a firetruck for my birthday in October.
The anglicized concept of “karma.”
Most of the time people actually mean “karmic retribution” and even that is a bastardized, anglicized concept.
Karma is a Sanskrit word for “action” (as in “an act” or “deed”). It refers to the totality of our actions, which influence the cycle of cause and effect, or birth, death, and rebirth (also known as reincarnation).
Some religions even believe in the effects of a higher power on the cycle. They might see the higher power as the one who dispenses the rewards and consequences of karma. A great decider who hands out reincarnation assignments.
Karma is NOT the concept of the universe balancing actions or the universe being just. It does not mean you get what you give.
If you say you believe in Karma, and you think that means “you get what you give,” I think you believe that because you are a good person, you are entitled to a good life. You believe that the universe will reward you and punish others.
And that, is nothing at all what the word karma means. Not. Even. Close.
And every time I hear someone us it like that, I feel my right eye start to twitch…
This has been a rant.
Jim: It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Me: You were asleep!