I ended up having a conversation with a colleague this week who is thinking about following in Lisa Simpson’s footsteps. Ra-ther than taking up the saxamaphone he quite fancies the idea of becoming a Buddhist. Its a system that I quite like the sound of as well, until you have to give up all your possessions and have to renounce bacon sandwiches. If nirvana is obtained from the suffering you endure from giving up bacon then 90’s grunge bands be damned.
One of the issues I have with most faiths involve the menu restrictions, no pork, no fish, unleavened bread, no bats. I also struggle with the idea that any deeds you do are kept in a celestial ledger for you to be judged on at some later point. As an atheist that leads me to conclude that any actions I take will never see me get my comeuppance, not that it causes me (or others) to lead a nihilistic and bad life.
I do like to think that there is some kind of balance to the universe and that every action you take is going to have an impact on you in the future. If you plant the seeds of positivity then you will reap the harvest. but if you build a house of negativity then the walls will eventually come crumbling down around your ears.
The only problem is that my logical brain always tries to balance the equation with the Laws of Thermodynamics, if every action has an equal an opposite reaction so if I do something bad then I am creating some good. Where is that good? Who is it going to? Is it instantaneous?
In the same way the law that energy cannot be created nor destroyed suggests that the sources of karma are finite and that any good and bad karma we receive is merely tapping into these resources.
Maybe we attract karma through our own gravity, this would start to fit with a more physics based view. The spin of our good and bad actions start to draw in other bits of karmatic dust that slowly coalesce around us unto the mass is so great that it ignites and creates a star of our own.
A shining beacon of our actions, illuminating the night skies of our lives there for all to see. Our own karma stars.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Karma Chameleon.”
This just in: let’s pretend that science has proven that karma is a thing. Your words and actions will influence what happens to you in the future. How (if at all) will you change your ways?