It’s a pretty popular philosophy, and it’s not just for Hindus. It’s a great philosophy for New Agers, Christians, religious and atheists. It’s just a super trendy one-size-fits-all worldview. We like to think that what goes around comes around. Justice happens, one way or another. Seems reasonable.
A couple of years ago, I blogged about how karma had become like a trendy piece of Pier 1 furniture that most Americans keep in their homes. We don’t really think about it, but it seems more exotic than our regular old couches, and our regular old Jesus. I have heard many Christians refer to karma, as if it is a real force.
But unless you are a Hindu (and I don’t think there are very many of you reading this blog,) it’s time that we ditched karma. It’s exotic appeal is starting to wear thin on me.
Karma Does Not Care
As far as worldviews go, karma (in all of its forms) seems to be the best that humanity can come up with. Whatever we do in life determines how we are rewarded or punished in the next. I may come back in the next life as a centipede or a President, depending on how awesome I am in this life. We think that is “justice.”
Virtually every religion has some form of karma.
The thing is, I’m not sure why we keep going back to it. Karma does not care, not about you or me or justice (as we imagine it). Karma does not love or hate. Karma is an inanimate, natural force. It never acts on its own. It only reacts to what you give it.
What Can Karma Do for You?
It has also become obvious to me that westerners would not be so quick to believe in karma, unless they think karma is going to give them something good. People like to believe that humans are generally noble creatures who deserve to be bumped up the ladder in the next life. We all think we must have some pretty good karma built up. It’s only other people we look at and hope they come back as toads or urinals. If we were being really honest with ourselves, either we’d shape up, or we might give this whole karma thing a second thought.
More Than Karma
I say that karma (or whatever any religion calls it) is the best humanity can come up with, because it seems to be the only consistent thing between every religion conceived of by mankind. We’ve never moved past a rather rudimentary system of action and reward…
…Which is why I am so convinced that Jesus was not just a human being.
Think about it. Every religion goes the way of “karma,” or “justice.” Jesus comes along and preaches compassion. No one had ever conceived of a deity who would go to the lengths to pursue humanity as Christ. If Jesus had not come along, I do not think we’d have ever thought of such a thing as a compassionate God who actually sacrifices himself for people. And Jesus’ message still seems so absurd, that there have been virtually no copycat religions. People prefer karma…even Christians.
But karma is inferior. It is a human invention with no thoughts or desires. Christ actually has desires and motivations. And he bridges the gap between what you deserve and what he wants you to have. You are his motivation.
Why do you think karma is so popular today? Does it just go along with our obsession with Asian-y exotic looking Buddha statues?