Karma is every moralist’s favorite belief — the idea that whatever you do, good or bad, comes back to you; sometimes manifold. Karma becomes a way for people to understand what happens to them, positive or negative. You get what you’ve given, you get what you deserve.
But does karma actually play out in our daily lives and how does it work? It seems that whether you consciously or unconsciously acknowledge the law of karma largely depends on how strongly you believe in kindness and justice. That is, if you believe that the world should be fair and that people should treat each other with decency.
In my mind, karma takes on a slightly different form. I don’t so much believe that every word or action is repaid with a word or action of its kind, but I think that the totality of a person’s actions will be reflected in the responses they receive from others. Most people who do what would be seen as considerate and kind tend to do these things more often than not, and those who does what would be seen as unkind and evil tend to do so more often than not. (That may sound like I’m falling prey to the Halo Effect, yet it seems to hold true of my experiences.) So what may seem like karma is simply others responding to their actions with an appropriate reaction.
How does karma work for you? Do you believe in karma, and why or why not?