Somehow the law of karma has people in all sorts of mental knots sometimes, so I thought I’d start out with the basics:
- When you help someone today, they will be helped. You will get the blessings later.
- When you hurt someone today, they will hurt. You will get similar problems later.
- When you avoid negative actions today (murder, lying, stealing, sexual misconduct, alcohol abuse) – that may be tough today, but you will feel better later.
Some people use the law of karma to feel a bit better about the good things they’re doing. This is a good thing: not only are you helping people, you’re feeling better as well. Win-win.
Some people use the law of karma to justify indifference. Does that person have troubles? It’s their own fault! It’s easier to ignore the things they might do to help. Often we can’t do all that much, but that doesn’t mean we should just ignore or justify the suffering people experience.
For instance: voting parties that support helping those at the bottom of society, may mean laws get implemented that do actually help them.
A version of this post appears in my book Essays on Karma.