Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Karma

Now, I don't think karmic law is supreme law. I don't think that for every life you take you must pay with your own - else we would forever be in karmic debt to the insects alone. I do think that a man who is abusive toward women (or woman who hates men) may find in their life review that they need to experience being the opposite sex to gain empathy for them. And I think it works the same way with racist prejudices. But mostly I think karma is our own need to make things right when we feel really horrible about how we have behaved.
Which brings me around to GM... the company who killed the electric car. Sometimes watching karma unfold is just... very satisfying. Unfortunately the greedy decisions of the people at the top ends up hurting everyone below them too, and how do you karmicly repay that?

4 comments:

ARIE said...

Nordic Mythology has some interesting points here with Wyrd and Urd.
I have the feeling that Karma is part of the Mystery.
You have been posting very interesting articles lately. I haven't had the time to respond.
At my working place everybody is on a Crisis Mode. Those greedy capitalist Money worshipers... :-)

SeeThroughGreen said...

ohhh GM... Im not sure what exactly happened with the electric cars but whatever it is...I hope karma chokes them for getting rid of them (Thats what i understood from te post) :D

spottedwolf said...

Hey lady.....first I'd like to commend you on your response to 'Emeraldeyes'(STG) on her question concerning death. That was astute, compassionate, and all those wonderful things that make women the lovely creatures ya'll are.

Secondly........I think karma is much more the 'fear' ( and here I consider an extreme like cold-heartedness just form of fear)one experiences while committing inconsiderate acts far more than a past life debt 'payback'. I think when karma is explained in the former it funds the human idea of retribution more than any so-believed "universal law".In looking into the idea of self-judgement I always run up against self-created self-ish-ness which is just plain old survival fear. Those "beastly men" and "black widows" are no more than their ignorance and while they live their lives, internally, are full of nightmarish fears..for this has proven itself time and time again with many in my life. Another factor to consider is simply who instilled in them the idea that it was right to treat the other sex bad. A kid interprets behavior by first feeling, and then copying the action to find result. I was a womanizer when I was young, and damned good at it, but that example was not set for me by a man's influence. I was raised by my mother.....who had damned little respect for most men. She paid her "karma' by living a lie that the "only man she ever loved was your father" and he was as selfish as they come. She was just too afraid to try again for the kick her marriage was to her self-esteem. I learned to use womens penchants for romanticism from her hipocrisy.The end result was it made love very difficult until I was 25 and suffered a major awakening. I spent 19 years with a woman whose love/hate relationship with her mother was second to none...learning about my own. I also spent another 28 showing my mother what she'd done to herself...to help her let the fear go. If karma is the game....then I've reversed mine. I don't believe we come back because of a "karma" in that sense. I believe its simpler than all that.

Lily Wyte said...

SeeThroughGreen - Yep, that's what I meant.

Spottedwolf - I think you hit the nail on the head about fear being a result of ignorance, and the relationship between them and Karma.
Womanizers? They were always my favorite, when I was teen lush. They would always buy your drinks, and give you lots of attention, but you didn't feel too bad about going home with your girlfriends at the end of the night
*evil chuckle*

Arie - I am not as up on Nordic myth as I am on Greek, Sumerian, Egyptian and esp. Celtic but I find it fascinating that the Sumerian tree of Inanna and the Norse World Tree are so similar. Also, you have to respect a mythology that has included the ozone layer:
Svalin the shield is called,
which stands before the sun,
the refulgent deity:
rocks and ocean must, I ween,
be burnt,
fell it from its place.
Grímnismál 38, Thorpe's translation